Students from Six Schools Honored for Environmental Activism at School Environmental Action Showcase

News Release
April 16, 2018
Lanier Middle School team
The team from Lanier Middle School finished third in the Caring for Our Watersheds competition.

Students from six Fairfax County public schools were honored for their innovative environmental solutions and creative use of recycled materials at the seventh annual School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) at George Mason University (GMU).  More than 200 FCPS students from 18 schools attended the 2018 SEAS.

Students from Carson Middle School took first place in the Caring for Our Watersheds competition for an expansion of their food sharing program to their feeder elementary schools. The program captures uneaten food from school cafeterias and sends it to community shelters. Team members are Sarah Ali, Gitika Gorthi, Nadia Malik, and Ashwini Ramkumar. Teams from Lanier Middle won third place for their Enhancing Our Outdoor Living Classroom project, and fourth place for their It’s Green, It’s Grass, and It Grows project. A second team from Carson captured sixth place for Bee Keeping Bonanza: Planting Native Perennials. Teams from Dogwood Elementary won fifth and tenth place.

In the elementary division of the Recycled Mascot Challenge, the team of Alexandra Burn, Olympia Alao, Nicole Biddy, and Parker Oakes from Lake Anne Elementary won first place.  Oak View Elementary took second place, and Providence Elementary won third place.  In the secondary division, Carson Middle won second place.

Attendees shared the environmental stewardship initiatives they are leading at their schools; exhibited sculptures of their school mascots made of recycled materials in the Recycled Mascot Challenge; presented their ideas for watershed improvement in the Caring for Our Watersheds competition; experimented with computer engineering to collect environmental data; and engaged in hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities hosted by nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses. A team of students from Lanier Middle took part in a question and answer session on reducing plastic use with collaborated with local elected officials with a goal of developing ideas for sustainable policies.

SEAS is hosted by NoVA Outside in partnership with GMU’s Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center.  Students had the unique opportunity to network and learn from students at other schools, to innovate new ways to enhance their green efforts, and to understand how their dedication and hard work contributes to regional and global efforts to ensure a sustainable future.
For more information, contact Donna Volkman, program manager, environmental stewardship, at