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Two College Scholarships Awarded

Recognition by Eastside Audubon of two promising environmentalists

By Mary Britton-Simmons

The EAS Youth Education Committee has awarded college scholarships of $1,000 to seniors Maria McCausland of Inglemoor High School and to Jacob McGinnis of Woodinville High School, both from the Northshore School District. Criteria for selection included the following: keen interest in the environment, involvement in extra-curricular environmental activities, academic record and teacher recommendation. Maria and Jacob’s accomplishments were impressive.

Maria is a member of her school’s Earth Corps, a volunteer at the Seattle Aquarium, studied coral reefs off the Grenadines Island and aspires to be a marine biologist. Closing her application, she wrote, “I truly commit myself to exploring and protecting the wonders and complexities of nature for the rest of my life.”

An avid birder and photographer, Jacob founded the Bird Club at Woodinville High School and participates in the Hiking Club. His nature photographs have been used by a number of organizations, including the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Mountains to Sound Greenway and Eastside Audubon. Two years ago, he created a birding group on Facebook called The Birder Nation. To date it includes 800 members from around the world. In his letter of recommendation, his teacher noted, “His focus in college will be ornithology, and I am certain, one day he will be leading important research in the field.”

The future of the environment rests with young people like Maria and Jacob. They truly deserve these scholarships and our admiration.

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