May 18, 2006

Ottawa students win second place in international Volvo competition

Ottawa, Ontario – A team from two Ottawa schools has placed second in the international Volvo Adventure competition, an environmental program organized by the Volvo Car Corporation in partnership with the United Nations Environmental Programme. Their prize includes US$6,000 in project funding.

The students were chosen for their Macoun Marsh Biodiversity Project, a research and education initiative to study and preserve the wetlands of the inner-city Macoun Marsh in Ottawa. The prize money will be used to continue the group’s environmental work in the marsh. First prize went to a school from Istanbul, Turkey, for a recycling project which produces school desks from juice and milk boxes; the desks were then donated to schools in underprivileged areas.

Jessica Walsh-Moreau, Christopher Weller and Donald Clysdale from Educarium School, and Alex Zykla and Katie Beauchamp from Jean Vanier Catholic School travelled to G

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