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Farragut Middle School Student Recognized by State Senator for Earth Day Project

Sophie-Apel-and-her-Earth-Day-Project.pngA Farragut Middle School student has been recognized by a New York State senator for her Earth Day project.

This year, Sophie Apel did not have the opportunity to get out and gather some trash for Earth Day like she normally would. Instead, the fifth-grader heeded a call from New York State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins who asked students in grades K-6 from her district to participate in the 2021 Earth Day Poster Contest Celebration. After hearing about the contest, Apel was happy to use her creativity and submit her project to show support for the cause.

“I made this poster at home about people picking up trash around the river because sometimes I do that,” she said. “Trash on the ground is not good and you have to pick it all up eventually.”

Apel’s poster was one of 15 projects from the 35th State Senate District recognized by Sen. Stewart-Cousins for the annual state-wide contest. The contest was developed in order to encourage children to develop an awareness of the environment and its resources. This year’s competition focused on just three words: reduce, reuse and recycle—something that Apel was adamant about.

“If the trash just stays there it could affect a lot of things and cause pollution,” she said.

For Apel, who started cleaning up her local spots when she was around seven years old, the poster campaign she created is just another way to get the word out about taking care of the planet. Seeing her name mentioned on the New York State Senate website was certainly a surprise, but it was Sen. Stewart-Cousins’s message to submitters that also struck a chord.

“Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state,” said Sen. Stewart-Cousins. “I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.”

“I feel really good about it,” said Apel.

You can view all of the 2021 Earth Day Poster Contest Celebration submissions here.


Sophie Apel's official entry into the 2021 Earth Day Poster Contest Celebration.