Izaak Wal­ton League awards schol­ar­ships

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The Mid-Shore Chap­ter of the Izaak Wal­ton League has awarded its an­nual schol­ar­ships for the 2016-2017 year. These awards are specif­i­cally for stu­dents seek­ing un­der­grad­u­ate or grad­u­ate de­grees in con­ser­va­tion or en­vi­ron­ment-re­lated pro­grams, in keep­ing with the Izaak Wal­ton League’s mis­sion and ob­jec­tives.

Erica Stone, re­cent grad­u­ate of Kent Is­land High School, plans to at­tend Penn­syl­va­nia State Univer­sity. She ex­pects to ma­jor in Bi­ol­ogy with a con­cen­tra­tion in con­ser­va­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence. With this ed­u­ca­tion, she hopes to in­flu­ence poli­cies that will pro­tect and pre­serve our nat­u­ral re­sources. She’s been ac­tive in the Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety, co­founded a sail­ing team, and worked on var­i­ous com­mu­nity ser­vice projects, all while main­tain­ing ex­cel­lent grades.

Michael Kamin­skas is an Eas­ton High School grad­u­ate, plan­ning to ma­jor in Ma­rine Sci­ence at Coastal Carolina Univer­sity in Con­way, South Carolina. Michael is highly in­ter­ested in en­vi­ron­men­tal disas­ter re­sponse and has some ex­pe­ri­ence with en­vi­ron­men­tal clean-up. He be­came an Eagle Scout in 2014, plays soc­cer and lacrosse, and was on the swim team at school.

Ben­nett Keeler is also an Eas­ton High School grad­u­ate with an ex­cel­lent aca­demic record. His ob­jec­tive is to study Ma­rine Sci­ence at Coastal Carolina Univer­sity so that, ul­ti­mately, he might pre­serve coral reefs and im­prove aquatic ecosys­tems. Ben­nett has been cap­tain of the soc­cer team and has tu­tored in bi­ol­ogy and chem­istry. He’s the re­cip­i­ent of sev­eral awards in­clud­ing the Minds in Mo­tion Sports award, the Bi­ol­ogy Award, the Ad­vanced Place­ment En­vi­ron­men­tal Award.

Two grad­u­ate stu­dents now study­ing at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Horn Point Lab­o­ra­tory have been se­lected for schol­ar­ships to help them with their the­sis re­search. Ni­cole Mil­lette is work­ing to­ward a doc­tor­ate in bi­o­log­i­cal oceanog­ra­phy, now study­ing win­ter sea­sonal al­gae blooms, par­tic­u­larly in the Chop­tank River. Blake Clark is work­ing to­ward a doc­tor­ate in oceanog­ra­phy, now study­ing meth­ane gases formed in the shal­low and wet­land es­tu­ar­ies. He re­cently sub­mit­ted an Ab­stract to the 2016 Ocean Sci­ences meet­ing in Louisiana.

These schol­ar­ship awards were pre­sented at the Izaak Wal­ton League’s Mid-Shore Chap­ter meet­ing held on June 30, 2016. The chap­ter serves Tal­bot, Caro­line, Dorch­ester and Queen Anne Coun­ties. IWL is a long-stand­ing na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion, ded­i­cated to the con­ser­va­tion of our nat­u­ral re­sources and to the en­joy­ment of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

An­nual schol­ar­ships have been awarded by the Izaak Wal­ton League. Left to right in front row are Ni­cole Mil­lette and Erica Stone. Back row, left to right, are Blake Clark, Michael Kamin­skas and Ben­nett Keeler.

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