Thursday, April 4, 2013

Nationally Recognized Middle School Student

Middle School student Eric Hughes recently won the American Birding Association's 2013 Young Birder of the Year contest. This national recognition in part included a conservation project involving Ellis Woods Park nature trail in East Coventry Township, where he helped the Ellis Woods Park earn certifacation as a Wildlife Habitat, meeting the criteria on food, water and shelter for wildlife.  According to an article in the township newsletter, Eric's future plans include attending Cornell Universities College of Architecture and Life Sciences to major in Birding.

This was the second year that the 8th grade student entered the Young Birder contest. Last year he did well, placing in writing and photography. This year he recieved first place in all 3 categories - writing, photography and conservation paving the way for the national grand prize.

The following is the link to the American Birding Association's announcement:

Eric has received recognition in several areas of science over the past few years.  At the Chester County Science Fairs, he earned high honors as a 4th grader and distinguished honors in 5th grade.   He has placed at the secondary County level for the last 3 years, giving him the honor of representing our district at the Delaware Valley Science Fairs.  Last year he won 2nd place there and earned the Broadcom MASTERS Middle School Award.  This year he was the first place winner at Chester County and also earned the Bright Ideas in Botany Award.  He will compete at the Del Val Fair in April.

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