Students show they care about the Edmonds Marsh

Aug 13, 2019
Courtesy of: Save Our Marsh Meadowdale student essay winners, from left: Taylor Bound, Olivia Sagvold, Kent Mayoya, Catherine Do, Mateo Kumasaka and Caroline Wills. On the right is Susan Paine, Save Our Marsh representative.

Local students expressed their concerns about important environmental issues facing the Edmonds Marsh, and about how it will affect their future, in their essays written for a “Marsh Madness” essay competition sponsored by Save Our Marsh.

According to first place winner Olivia Sagvold: “The Edmonds Marsh is a key element for the growth and survival of marine wildlife in Puget Sound. The role it plays in the environment is crucial, and we have to protect what we have now and expand."

"It is a symbol and a great example of life in a Pacific Northwest ecosystem,” said Kent Mayoya, second-place winner He researched the history of the marsh and wrote of the necessity of "allowing the marsh to return to its natural state, connected with Puget Sound."

The purpose of the competition was to encourage young people to learn more about the Edmonds Marsh ecosystem and was supported by science teacher Dianne Thompson, environmental ccience and biology teacher at Meadowdale High School.

Six students from Meadowdale and one from Edmonds-Woodway High School were awarded cash prizes ranging from $100 to $500. Students 18 and under were invited to participate.

Grace Yockey, an honorable mention winner from Edmonds-Woodway, wrote: “From the moment I began my time in the community organization down at the hatchery, it’s been my passion to not only fix the marsh, but our earth. Start small they say – and our change starts here, in Edmonds, Washington.”

Yockey She is a volunteer in the Edmonds-Wooday-based Students Saving Salmon group.

While presenting the awards at a school event for Meadowdale winners, Save Our Marsh representative Susan Paine noted how difficult it was for the five judges to choose winners from the 26 well-researched, heartfelt and eloquent essays tsubmitted.

For instance, she noted that Mateo Kumasaka, one of five students who won honorable mention in the competition, also wrote an essay that was “original, well structured and inspirational.”

He wrote, “If the Edmonds Marsh is a success story, it would be a declaration to not only Edmonds, but to Washington, that it’s possible to put the environment first. Imagine the humble Edmonds Marsh being not just a memory, but a precedent for success, the jewel of Snohomish County, and the sanctuary of Puget Sound.”


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