By: Sarah Lowe, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator for the NOAA Marine Debris Program
We are excited to announce a new contest for high school students in Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District!
The NOAA Marine Debris Program, in partnership with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Ohio Sea Grant, and The Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, launched the first annual Marine Debris Challenge this week. This contest encourages students in grades 9-12 in Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District to develop first-hand experience with marine debris and use that experience to raise awareness in the community through public service announcements.
“Marine debris is a real and growing challenge here in Northern Ohio,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Public education is the first and most important step to address this emerging threat, and our students can be a great resource in this effort. That is why we created this brand new competition. Our hope is that it will motivate high school students across Northern Ohio to become teachers and leaders themselves, sharing knowledge, experience, and understanding in ways that help their communities become more responsible stewards of the precious freshwater resources and ecosystems we all depend on for our lives and livelihoods.”
Nancy Wallace, NOAA Marine Debris Program Director, added, “The Great Lakes are an important part of our environment and not immune to the effects of marine debris. We are looking forward to working with our partners on this PSA contest to inspire young adults in Ohio to create their own prevention messaging and to be part of the global solution to marine debris.”
Dr. Kristin Stanford, Education and Outreach Manager at OSU Stone Laboratory, said, “The topic of marine debris has been a major component in the outreach and education efforts for Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab this past year and we are very excited to be able to help co-sponsor this contest raising awareness on this important Lake Erie issue.”
Prizes for the winning teams include a trip to Cedar Point Amusement Park, a field trip to Stone Laboratory, and more! So encourage those young adults to submit their PSAs by March 1, 2016!
To learn more about the contest, visit the project’s webpage here.
The NOAA Marine Debris Program would like to thank its fellow contributors, including Ohio Sea Grant, The Ohio State University F.T. Stone Laboratory, Ohio Congressional District 9, Cedar Point Amusement Park, Lake Erie Charter Boat Association, and the Alliance for the Great Lakes.