Local high school students Narissa Weston (pictured) and Rachel Goodland have each received $500 bursaries to pursue their interest in the environment at the post-secondary level. Both candidates boasted impressive resumés complete with high academic achievement and extensive volunteer experience.
The Foundation was proud to present both Narissa and Rachel with their bursaries and celebrate their accomplishments at the Hamilton Environmentalists of the Year Dinner at Michelangelo’s Banquet Centre on June 6th.
Narissa, a graduate of Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School has been accepted to the University of Guelph to study Zoology. A dedicated volunteer throughout her school years, Narissa worked closely with the Hamilton Community Foundation to develop a schoolyard greening project at Roxborough Elementary School.
Rachel, who graduated from Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School this summer, will be attending McMaster University’s Environmental and Earth Sciences Program. She recently led the charge to provide more sustainable hydration centres in her school and worked tirelessly to reduce the use of bottled water.
Both students were eager participants in the local Envirothon competition in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area with Conservation Authority Education Manager Beth Stormont. “I was beyond pleased to hear that Narissa and Rachel had been selected as bursary recipients,” said Beth. “The bursaries are a great way of recognizing the hard work and dedication of Hamilton’s high school students.”