Young Reporters for the Environment

Published 12:53 pm Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The international “Young Reporters for the Environment” competition caught the eye of 8th graders at Polk County Middle School this year. Students in Jeanne Ferran’s English classes have spent time investigating environmental issues in Polk County and coming up with solutions. Some of the concerns that students identified were water quality, kudzu issues, healthy living choices, and ecotourism, to name a few. For the competition, students were tasked with researching an environmental issue and proposing a solution. To explore some of our local young reporters’ topics and ideas, follow the links below.

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Jack Smith and Ben Korzelius — Biodiversity/ Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Andy Ballentine and Evan Jones — Kudzu: Under the Vine
Finn Bell — Go Outside and Stay
Autumn Shumate — Phone Addiction Article: Are you addicted to your phone?
Vinca Hebbard and Michelle Ketwitz — Climate UN
Blair Searcy and Diana Santibanez — Be Cool, Save The School
Rory Powell and Destiny Duncan — Don’t Be A Buzzkill
Landen Bradley and Colton Bradley — The Human Illusion
Kaden Powell and Stella Budai — “What the muck is up with these mudslides?!”
Mikyla Wilkie and Victoria Garcia — Don’t touch my lasagna lizard, unless you’re the media
Ruth Ramirez — Riddled with Mistakes
Sydney Uhrich — Places for Pets; Finding a Home for Abandoned Animals

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