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POSTED: March 27, 2007 5:13 a.m.
Bradwell Institute was among the winners in a recent environmental education competition.
Tift County High School, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta and Bradwell Institute won first, second and third places, respectively, for their innovative and creative environmental projects at the Georgia Conservancy’s ninth annual Youth Environmental Symposium (YES).
The event promotes and inspires environmental awareness among Georgia students.
Eleven finalists traveled to Zoo Atlanta on Feb. 23 to present projects showcasing a host of environmental factors affecting their communities or schools, along with implementation plans and results to solution-based projects addressing the issues.
Tift’s Agricultural Education Department won first place with a project to convert a petrodiesel tractor into one that burns biodiesel, which was created with the school cafeteria’s used cooking oil.
After successfully developing the first tractor, the group plans to convert 10 more tractors by the end of the school year, run at least one school bus on biodiesel in the near future and educate other students and the community on the benefits of biodiesel.
Holy Innocents’ environmental science students placed second with their project to test water quality and clean up Long Island Creek adjacent to their school. The class is working with city officials to remedy the situation and are educating the community about water quality and littering.
Bradwell’s third place project was to develop a plan, in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, to control the spread of popcorn trees on specific areas of Sapelo Island of McIntosh County and educate their school and community on the effects of the trees on Sapelo’s fragile ecosystem.
A panel of environmental professionals selected the winners based on the outlined goals of each project, the appropriateness of the project in terms of conservation and environmental protection and the quality of each group presentation.
Tift received $2,000 either to help with the project or to buy materials for their school’s library or science department.
Holy Innocents’ entry won $1,000 and Bradwell’s $500. YES provided all finalist groups with transportation costs, meals and a substitute teacher for the day the coaches were gone
 

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