Sen. Alesi: Thornell Road Elementary Students Winners In Statewide Environmental Contest

James S. Alesi

May 11, 2007

Senator Jim Alesi (R-Perinton) today announced that two students from Thornell Road Elementary School in Pittsford were selected as third place winners in the New York State Senate’s 16th annual I*MA*GREEN*NATION competition. Jessica Boss and Olivia Roche, fourth grade students at Thornell Elementary School will receive statewide recognition at a ceremony being held at the State Capitol on May 15.

"These two young girls competed against hundreds of students from across New York State, and their creative ideas and displays were judged to be among the best in this year’s contest," said Senator Alesi. "I am so proud to represent these two students who have shown a remarkable understanding of the serious environmental challenges our communities face and used their imagination to come up with solutions to help make our neighborhoods clean and green. I know the Thornell Road and entire Pittsford community joins me in applauding Jessica and Olivia for their awareness and concern for the environment."

"We are thrilled that some of our students took it upon themselves to enter this contest focusing on the issues around recycling and waste reduction. We are especially proud of the two Pittsford students who won third place in the contest," said Mary Alice Price, superintendent of schools, Pittsford Central School District.

The annual statewide competition pitted students in Grades One through Eight against other schools for presentations of ideas and solutions to the problems of solid waste reduction and encouraging recycling. Entries were judged for creativity, subject matter and originality.

A reception and awards ceremony for the winners will be held at the state Capitol on Tuesday, May 15. The winning entries as well as other participating projects, will be on public display.

"Each and every student who participated and submitted a project should be commended for their hard work and creativity, I am so proud of the winning entries," said Senator Alesi. "I offer my congratulations and look forward to welcoming Jessica, Olivia and other representatives from the Thornell Road Elementary School to Albany on May 15."