2014 Green Matter Contest Winners Announced
Fredericton, NB (May 12, 2014) – Fredericton’s Green Matters Program has announced the winners for its seventh annual Green Matters Essay contest. This year students were asked to share their vision for a city that is less dependent on vehicles and what are some more active methods for getting around. What does it take to get people out of their vehicles? There were many excellent submissions.
Abdel Moneim Elnaggar of Fredericton High won first prize in the high school division as well as the creativity prize. His essay detailed how a year round, covered bicycle designated lane system would encourage more people to ride bicycles to get to their destination. Nancy He, also of FHS, placed second; her idea involved encouraging using the bus, carpooling, and getting people to walk suggesting walking is a great way to connect with the community.
Leonardo Cui of Bliss Carman Middle School was the first place winner in the middle school division. His submission advocated the use of bullet train/subways and community buses. Caleob Maher-Watson, also of Bliss Carman, won second prize with an essay suggesting that people be encouraged and rewarded for riding bicycles. Jesse Maher-Watson, another Bliss Carman student, won the creativity prize for suggesting boat buses powered either by wind or volunteers rowers.
In the Grade 3-5 category, Cynthia Cui of Park Street School received first place for her essay suggesting that a bus should go by each stop every three minutes and bicycles stations, with free bikes, should be on every street. Sunny Park of Liverpool Street School won the creativity prize for her essay on a treadmill bike which would be environmentally friendlyand keep the people of Fredericton active and healthy.
Addison Thompson of Park Street School won the Kindergarten-Grade 2 division and the creativity prize with herdescription of a Trigcar. With a drawing included to show the vehicle’s design, the concept involves each passenger in the vehicle having a trigger to move back and forth. When the four passengers and driver move the triggers the wheels go around.
The school prize, sponsored by the Fredericton and Barkers Point Lions Clubs, was won by Liverpool Street School. The school will receive a collection of environmentally themed books.
Since 2008, Green Matters has received well over a thousand entries in its annual contest, and continues to build a dialogue with Fredericton’s youth on environmental and sustainability issues.
Media Contact: Suzie Lowthers, Green Matters Coordinator, City of Fredericton, 506-471-2332.