Winning Teams: Winners 2007

Winning Teams

Winners 2007

2007 Columbus Foundation Community Grant Winner
2007 Gold Medal Award Winner
2007 Gold Medal Award Winner
2007 Chairman's Award Winner
2007 Young Scholar Award Award Winner

2007 Columbus Foundation Community Grant Winner

Unrecognized Hazard: Used Oil Filters Team Photo

Entry Title:
Unrecognized Hazard: Used Oil Filters
Coach:
Dr. Hector Ibarra
School:
West Branch Middle School
City/State:
West Branch, Iowa
Problem:
Environmental hazards caused by used oil filters being disposed of in household trash.
Solution:
Public awareness campaign to educate the community about this environmental hazard.

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2007 Gold Medal Award Winner

Wetlands Education Team Team Photo

Entry Title:
Wetlands Education Team
Coach:
Irene Hirata McMullen
School:
West Geauga Middle School
City/State:
Chesterland, Ohio
Problem:
Destruction of the local wetlands leading to the disappearance of the Osprey.
Solution:
Educate the public and schools about the existing wetlands near the school and enlist their help to preserve them.

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2007 Gold Medal Award Winner

Energizers Team Photo

Entry Title:
Energizers
Coach:
Lisa Johnson
School:
Whiteface Elementary School
City/State:
Whiteface, Texas
Problem:
Rising fuel prices affecting the cotton farmers.
Solution:
Use wind turbines to generate electricity to run water pumps and irrigation systems.

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2007 Chairman's Award Winner

Saltwater Marshals Team Photo

Entry Title:
Saltwater Marshals
Coach:
Michelle Ruthenberg
School:
Ripley's Aquarium
City/State:
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Problem:
Disappearance of saltwater marshes because of economical growth, population increases and lack of knowledge.
Solution:
Education outreach program to teach the public about the importance of the saltwater marshes along with building a tidal mill to harness the energy from the tides.

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2007 Young Scholar Award Winner

Lucretia Birdinground photo
Lucretia Birdinground

In recognition of the outstanding students who have participated in the Christopher Columbus Awards over the past ten years, the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation created the Young Scholar Award to recognize and honor their achievements since participating in the competition.

The Foundation is pleased to announce that former finalist Lucretia Birdinground is the recipient of the 2007 Young Scholar Award. Lucretia's compelling letter was selected by the Foundation's Board of Trustees as the most outstanding, as she explained how her experience as a former finalist in the Christopher Columbus Awards helped shape who she is today. Lucretia stated: "The competition provided me with the confidence I needed to pursue the challenges in life. I can honestly say that I'm in college right now all because of the competition and the impact it has left on me. I now have such a positive outlook on life; I want to succeed in everything I pursue."

As the winner of the Young Scholar Award, Lucretia played a key role in the 2007 National Championship Week event in Orlando, FL, where she shared her experience, knowledge and insight with this year's finalists.

To read more about Lucretia, her 2001 finalist team entry and her accomplishments since then, click here.

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