Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Catoctin teacher recognized by Chesapeake Trust

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April Wells, a science teacher at Catoctin High School, took home the prestigious Teacher of the Year award for excellence in environmental education in a high school setting, awarded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, recently. Wells coordinates the Environmental Academy at Catoctin High School.

According to a press release from the trust, Wells has directly mentored more than 40 students who chose to pursue environmental graduation projects over the last six years.

Wells has been the club advisor for the SOME Club (Save Our Mother Earth) for 10 years. She also coaches Catoctin High’s Envirothon Team, and recruits students to participate in a paid educational experience through the Youth Conservation Core (YCC).

Wells was one of four Marylanders who received awards at the trust’s annual legislative reception and awards program held in Annapolis on Jan. 18.

Chesapeake Bay Trust board members Paul Allen and Scot Spencer, along with Allen Hance, executive director, gave out the awards to people who have contributed to improving the conditions of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a nonprofit that has awarded more than $24 million and to students and volunteers in the Bay restoration effort, according to the press release. The Trust is supported by purchases of the Maryland ‘‘Treasure the Chesapeake” license plates, the Chesapeake Bay and Endangered Species Fund tax check-off option on the Maryland State income tax form, and donations from individuals and corporations.

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