2018 Winners

Thank you to all of the students who participated in this contest.

Congratulations to the 2018 first-place prize winners!
Congratulations to the 2018 first-place prize winners!

Final Place Award Student Name(s) Proposal Name School
1 $1,000 Abigail McAlpine and Layla-Jane Corsaut The Buzz-y Bee Project Ecole secondaire publique Marc-Garneau
2 $900 Hope Wilson and London Cole Helping our Watershed! Roseneath Centennial Public School
3 $800 Pharen Richardson Big Things Come in Small Packages Roseneath Centennial Public School
4 $700 Ariane Gingras, Claudia Rodrigez and Corine Bourgault Bat Houses Ecole secondaire publique Marc-Garneau
5 $600 Charlie Rapos and Kayden Duguay Project Thirst St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School
6 $500 Bonita Li and Saiya Beaupre Plastic Be Gone! Ecole secondaire publique Marc-Garneau

2017 Winners

Top 3 Finalists
Top 3 Finalists

2017 Final Presentations at the Timber Ridge Golf and Country Club on April 19, 2017.

Thank you to all of the students who participated in this contest. Over 52 entries were received.

Final Place Award Student Name(s) Proposal Name School
1 $1,000 Radana Biaroza Raise Awareness of Public Awareness Homeschool
2 $900 Kendrick Webster Rethinking the “Scoop it, Bag it, Trash it” Approach to Make Dog Waste Disposal in the Lower Trent Region Watershed More EcoFriendly Murray Centennial Public School
3 $800 Paige Palmer Building Local Rain Gardens Hillcrest Public School
4 $700 Xavier Nickerson, Samuel Beylerian and Felix Brouillard Pollinator Garden Ecole Secondaire Publique MarcGarneau
5 $600 Caroline Clitherow and Gillian Forestell Keep our Bees Buzzin’ St. Mary Catholic Elementary School (Campbellford)
6 $500 Cassandra Paul Toxic Chemicals – More Common Than You Think Murray Centennial Public School

2016 Winners

1st Place: Emma Ellis
1st Place: Emma Ellis

Final Place Award Student Name(s) Proposal Name School
1 $1,000 Emma Ellis Reducing Prescription Drugs in Our Watershed East Northumberland Secondary School
2 $900 Gezhii Smoke-Lefort Revitalizing Rice Lake Roseneath Centennial Public School
3 $800 Mason Demczyna, Max Towers What Are YOU Putting in the Garbage Murray Centennial Public School
4 $700 Kira Tromp Stopping Pollution is the Best Solution Murray Centennial Public School
5 $600 Josh Quick Dealing With Zebra Mussels Murray Centennial Public School
6 $500 Sophia DiCresce Go Low-Flow to Save H20…and Dough Sacred Heart Catholic School Batawa

School Prizes

Matching Award (based on placement of winners):
Murray Centennial Public School – $2,100
East Northumberland Secondary School – $1,000
Roseneath Centennial Public School – $900
Sacred Heart Catholic School Batawa – $500

Participation Award (based on total number of students participating per school):
Kent Public School – $100
Murray Centennial Public School – $100
Roseneath Centennial Public School – $100
St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School – $200
East Northumberland Secondary School – $100
Trenton High School- $200.00
Sacred Heart Catholic School Batawa – $200.00

Finalists Ideas (in no particular order):

“Stopping Pollution is the Best Solution’ – Air Pollution Awareness Campaign –Kira Tromp,
Murray Centennial Public School
Do you really know what air pollution is doing to our watershed and the health of communities living here? People can’t make changes to address a problem they aren’t consciously aware of. School areas are the perfect place to launch Air Pollution Awareness campaigns as kids are the most susceptible to toxic effects from contaminated air.

Go Low-Flow to save H20…and Dough! – Sophia DiCresce
Sacred Heart Catholic School
Conserve water by installing low-flow aerators on all faucets throughout Sacred Heart Batawa. This idea is practical and doable as it’s simple, efficient and affordable.

Reducing Prescription Drugs in Our Watersheds– Emma Ellis
East Northumberland Secondary School
My project goal is to reduce the amount of prescription drugs in our watersheds through educating the public about this issue and by creating an easy way for the safe return of prescription drugs to pharmacies.

What are YOU Putting in the Garbage – Mason Demczyna, Max Towers
Murray Centennial Public School
Our goal is to improve recycling in our school community.

Revitalizing Rice Lake – Gezhii Smoke-LeFort 
Roseneath Centennial Public School. My goal for improving my watershed is to successfully plant a variety of trees and herbaceous plants along
Sandercock Creek, Alderville First Nation. This will reduce the harmful effects agricultural runoff has on the environment, specifically Rice Lake.

Dealing with Zebra Mussels – Environmentally Friendly Solutions Are Out There– Josh Quick
Murray Centennial Public School
My overall goal is to increase awareness of Zebra mussels in the Lower Trent Region Watershed

2015 Winners

1st Place: Holly Tetzlaff
1st Place: Holly Tetzlaff

Local students clearly care about the environmental health of their communities. A total of 82 students participated in Caring for Our Watersheds. The contest wrapped up last night, fittingly on Earth Day, at Timber Ridge Golf Course, near Brighton, when six team finalists competed to win the $1,000 first place prize.

Holly Tetzlaff from East Northumberland Secondary School, Brighton, placed first for her idea entitled, “Red Fish Route”. Her proposal addressed her concern about watershed residents using toilets like garbage cans resulting in sewer clogs causing overtime hours, equipment replacement and upgrades, and more importantly degradation of water quality. “My solution is simple, educate primary students and form good life habits on what to flush down toilets,” explains Tetzlaff.

The students competed for a total of $4,500 in prizes and their schools were eligible for matching cash rewards. Participating schools included Brighton, Kent, Roseneath Centennial and Murray Centennial Public Schools, St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School (Campbellford), and East Northumberland Secondary School.

Final Place Award Student Name(s) Proposal Name School
1 $1,000 Holly Tetzlaff Red Fish Route East Northumberland Secondary School
2 $900 Alyssa West, Josee Stephens From Garbage to Garden St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School
3 $800 Mason Demczyna, Max Towers We NEED to Recycle Batteries, Not Throw Them Away! Murray Centennial Public School
4 $700 Kole Tromp Illegal Dumping The Problem We Ignore Murray Centennial Public School
5 $600 Melissa Lajoie, Makayla Mior & Chloe Weidenborner Food Is For People NOT LANDFILLS! Murray Centennial Public School
6 $500 Mindy Morrison, Scarlett Cole Stream Clean Up Roseneath Centennial Public School

2014 Winners

1st Place: Lucy Clitherow & Cassidy Tizzard
1st Place: Lucy Clitherow & Cassidy Tizzard

Local students clearly care about the health of the Lower Trent watershed. A total of 155 students recently participated in an environmental contest, Caring for Our Watersheds TM, by submitting their ideas on how to solve a local environmental issue. The contest wrapped up last night at Timber Ridge Golf Course, near Brighton, when six team finalists competed to win the $1,000 first place prize. The Grades 7, 8 and 9 students answered the question, “What can you do to improve your watershed?” Students researched their local watershed, identified an environmental concern and came up with a realistic solution. Lucy Clitherow and Cassidy Tizzard from St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School, in Campbellford, placed first for their idea to raise awareness and educate youth about the environmental concerns found in their local watershed by writing and illustrating a children’s storybook. The students competed for a total of $4,500 in prizes and schools were eligible for matching cash rewards. Participating schools included Brighton, Kent and Percy Centennial Public Schools, St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School (Campbellford), and East Northumberland Secondary School.

Nutrien provides an additional $10,000 in funding to help the students implement their ideas.
“Over the years the community has shown great leadership in mentoring the students and helping them implement their ideas,” explains Glenda Rodgers, Lower Trent Conservation CAO. “Anyone who submitted a proposal for the 2014 contest can work towards making their idea happen. We are here to help them.”

A special thank you to the judges for the final event: Cramahe Councillor and LTC Board of Directors’ Chair Pat Westrope; Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board Curriculum Specialists Andrew Booth and Drew Ginter; Nutrien Direct Solutions – Brighton Quality Control Jackie Somerville; and Danielle Hilts.

Final Place Award Student Name(s) Proposal Name School
1 $1,000 Lucy Clitherow, Cassidy Tizzard Operation Watershed
Awareness
St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary
School
2 $900 Kamyrn Pollock, Kyle Carson,
Kristen Doyle
A New Way To Save
Water
St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School
3 $800 Cachell Cox Cotton On! Cotton
Diapers Don’t Cost the
Earth
Brighton Public School
4 $700 Chantal Ouellet Red Maple Seedling
Fundraiser
Murray Centennial Public School
5 $600 Hannah McCrory Storm Drain Filters Murray Centennial Public School
6 $500 Taylor Cridland, Hallye Ward GRAB-A-BAG East Northumberland Secondary
School

School Prizes

Matching Award (based on placement of winners):
St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School – $1,900
Murray Centennial Public School – $1,300
Brighton Public School – $800
East Northumberland Secondary School – $500
Participation Award (based on total number of students participating per school):
East Northumberland Secondary School – $600
Kent Public School – $300
St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School – $300
Brighton Public School – $200
Murray Centennial Public School – $100
Percy Centennial Public School – $100
Winner of Water Bottle Filling Station (Nutrien’s implementation of a student idea):
Kent Public School

Finalists Ideas (in no particular order):

GRAB-A-BAG – Taylor Cridland, Hallye Ward – East Northumberland Secondary School
We want to reduce the amount of litter on local beaches by providing biodegradable litter bags for beach users. The bags will be available at the entrance of the beach alongside a dumpster to encourage beach users to properly dispose of their garbage, leaving our local beaches litter free.

Cotton On! Cotton Diapers Don’t Cost the Earth – Cachell Cox Brighton Public School
My proposal is to launch an intensive information campaign containing non-biased facts about the difference between disposable and cloth diapers and the impact on our health, economy and environment.

Operation Watershed Awareness – Lucy Clitherow, Cassidy Tizzard – St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary
We want to write and illustrate a children’s storybook to educate youth about our watershed and what we can do to improve and help our environment. We hope to raise awareness about what a watershed is and the environmental concerns found in our watershed.

Storm Drain Filters – Hannah McCrory – Murray Centennial Public School
My proposal is to install Storm Drain Filter inserts in Trenton to decrease the amount of harmful substances that enter the Trent-Severn Waterway. I would also like to increase awareness of water quality issues by painting fish decals on storm drains in the Trenton area of our watershed.

A New Way To Save Water – Kamyrn Pollock, Kyle Carson, Kristen Doyle – St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School
We want to raise awareness about conserving water through the use of rain barrels. We plan on hosting a rain barrel community event that will provide families with the opportunity to buy a rain barrel, participate in a
rain barrel painting contest, and learn about the different uses for rain water around your home.

Red Maple Seedling Fundraiser –Chantal Ouellet – Murray Centennial Public School
I want to have a tree seedling fundraiser at my school with the profits going towards the purchase of a water bottle refilling station for the school. I will increase awareness of the importance of planting trees in our watershed and educate my school community about the negative impacts of disposable water bottles on the environment.

2013 Winners

East Northumberland Secondary School
East Northumberland Secondary School
Final presentations were at the Timber Ridge Golf Course near Brighton, ON on April 25, 2013

Thank you to all of the students, teachers, parents, volunteers and community mentors who made this contest such a success!

Final Place Award Student Name(s) Proposal Name School
1 $1,000 Tyler Brown Bag it! Trash it! East Northumberland Secondary School
2 $900 Caitlyn-Claire Tizzard & Cassidy Meier Floating Islands St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School
3 $800 Tyler Airhart, Jakob Brahaney, Isaac Dart & Caleb Nicholson Natural Snow Filter Kent Public School
4 $700 Emma Stapley, Katherine Forestell & Emily McGee Stream Buffers St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School
5 $600 Taylor Polich, Christina Venator & Brooke Seymour Tree Huggers Kent Public School
6 $500 Lane Fone, Tyler Barrons & Keller Spagnola Water Savers Kent Public School