Senior finishes near top in "Caring for Our Watersheds" competition

Senior finishes near top in "Caring for Our Watersheds" competition

Upper School Science teacher Kat Sickinger, left, and Lily Melink pose with the $800 check Lily earned in the "Caring for Our Watersheds” competition April 29.

Senior Lily Melink’s project, “Creating a More Beautiful Tomorrow” placed third after final presentations April 29 at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Lily, a Loveland resident, won $800 for herself and a separate $800 for The Summit.

Lily’s project entailed planting wildflowers along a local road. Lily said wildflowers have a lot of environmental benefits such as reducing carbon dioxide emissions from maintenance equipment, reducing erosion, providing a habitat for wildlife and wildflowers also help cultivate community pride. 

With some help, Lily prepared the soil, planted 42 wildflower plants and planted seeds in two 20x40 medians along the Mill Creek Greenway Trail.   

“This was a great opportunity for me because it involved helping the community and the environment,” Lily said. “Those are two things I am very passionate about.” 

Seniors Olivia Hartman, Loveland and Victoria Wilhelmy, Hyde Park; juniors Mia Semler, Hyde Park and Tara Franke, California, received honorable mention in the competition. Each won $50.

In 2016, Jared Bulla, Logan Bush, Josh Rademacher and Justin Zhou finished in seventh place with their project “Wetland Flora Construction.” The group received $450 for their finish. 

Jenny Zhang, Adelaide Tsueda and Ellie Schwietering, The Summit’s inaugural group in 2015, finished in fifth place with their project “Creating “Greener” Lawns.” They received $600 for their finish.    

For this competition, students are challenged to come up with a solution to the question: What can you do to improve your watershed?

From there, the students will research their local watershed and identify an area of concern. They can work individually or in a group of up to four students.

After that, they come up with a realistic solution to the problem and write up a 1,000-word proposal. Entries are judged on criterion such as innovation and environmental impact.

At that point, judges will select the ten best proposals and those students/groups will deliver a final presentation.