JEFFERSON PARISH, LOUISIANA
May 10, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JEFFERSON PARISH ANNOUNCES 2022 ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD RECIPIENTS AT THE
22ND ANNUAL STORMWATER POSTER AND ESSAY AWARDS CEREMONY
JEFFERSON, LA – The Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs announced the winners of the 2022 Non-Point Source Stormwater Pollution and Solutions Poster and Essay Contest, as well as the High School Sewer Science Program and the Stormwater Leadership Awards at a ceremony on May 6, 2022 held at the Lafreniere Park Foundation Center in Metairie.
The annual Stormwater Pollution and Solutions Poster and Essay Contest was developed to raise public awareness of non-point source pollution, such as leakage of automotive fluids, fertilizers and pesticides, pet waste, green waste and construction runoff. The contest was open to Jefferson Parish students - third through sixth graders submitted posters, while seventh and eighth graders submitted essays - to depict or describe at least one source of non-point source pollution and potential solutions. Winning posters and essays will be displayed at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library (4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA 70001) for the first half of the summer, then will be moved to the West Bank Regional Library (2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, LA 70058), on June 13, 2022 for the second half of the summer. CLICK HERE to view the winning posters.
New this year, the awards program included teachers who participated in the High School Sewer Science Project. This project is a week-long experiment designed to showcase the process of how the parish cleans and treats sewerage water. The program uses a scientific approach in an effort to increase awareness about water pollution and its impact on the environment. Teachers review the program and provide a hands-on demonstration with Sewer Science equipment.
This year’s banquet also recognized the winners of the Stormwater Leadership Awards. This award honors individuals, businesses or organizations that strive for environmental leadership through programs and actions that improve stormwater quality and/or quantity thereby reducing the amount of pollution that enters Jefferson Parish waterways.
- First Place:
Dauyoon Nam, 3rd grade, Metairie Academy; Faye Knight, 4th grade, Metairie Academy; Lyla Le, 5th grade, Metairie Academy; Lily Volz, 6th grade, John Curtis Christian Elementary School; Emma Porteous, 7th grade, St. Clement of Rome School
- Second Place:
Taleen Alresheq, 3rd grade, Islamic School of Greater New Orleans; Caroline Stacey, 4th grade, Kenner Discovery Health Science Academy; Amaris Alexander, 5th grade, Metairie Academy; Isabella Whittle, 6th grade, St. Rita School; Isaac Hernandez, 7th grade, St. Clement of Rome School
- Third Place:
Ben Chisholm, 3rd grade, Metairie Academy; Parker Portera - Dufrene, 4th grade, Metairie Academy; India Johnson, 5th grade, Metairie Academy; Aubrey Weed, 6th grade, John Curtis Christian Elementary School; Emma Kittok, 7th grade, St. Rita School
- Honorable Mentions:
Valerie Martinez - Rodriguez, 3rd grade, Kenner Discovery Health Science Academy; Eden Nguyen, 3rd grade, Metairie Academy; Emily Garcia, 4th grade, Kenner Discovery Health Science Academy; Fayez Alasmman, 4th grade, Islamic School of Greater New Orleans; Ahnaf Sarker, 4th grade, Kenner Discovery Health Science Academy; Jaxon Couture, 5th grade, John Curtis Christian Elementary School; Zachary Torrance, 5th grade, St. Clement of Rome School; Kaitlynn Gassette, 6th grade, John Curtis Christian Elementary School; Lilly Sutton, 6th grade, John Curtis Christian Elementary School; Jayla Albert, 6th grade, John Curtis Christian Elementary School; Morgan Le, 6th grade, St. Clement of Rome School; Caylie Moldthan, 7th grade, St. Rita School; Alina LeBlanc, 7th grade, St. Clement of Rome
Non-Point Source Teacher Winners:
- Peggy Gaffney, Metairie Academy
- Lama Hamdan, Islamic School of Greater New Orleans.
Sewer Science Teacher Winners:
- Blake Harwell, Grace King High School
- Sarah El Shaal, Helen Cox High School
Stormwater Leadership Awards: Pollution Prevention/Innovation Joint Winners:
- Scott Boyle, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
- Ryan Boudreaux, Jefferson Parish Sewerage Department
For more information about the Awards, contact Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs Storm Water Management Supervisor Sami Khalil at 504-731-4612.
For more information about Jefferson Parish, visit www.jeffparish.net. Residents can also recieve regular updates by following the Parish on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@JeffParishGov) or by texting JPALERT or JPNOTICIAS to 888-777.
Jefferson Parish Public Information Office
1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Suite 1002
Jefferson, LA 70123
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Gretchen Hirt Gendron, PIO