Westborough – The Westborough Community Land Trust (WCLT) awarded two scholarships and one honorable mention to graduating Westborough High School (WHS) seniors. Selections were made on the basis of essays that seniors submitted in WCLT's annual Earth Day essay contest.
Isla Duckett won a scholarship for her essay proposing an incentive program for student athletes, their coaches, and town businesses to work together to pick up and recycle the plastic water bottles that litter the playing fields and surroundings after sporting events. She will attend the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Jennifer Reilly received a scholarship for her essay suggesting that the Westborough Reservoir be celebrated by the community through activities that increase its popularity and use while promoting healthy habits and an appreciation of nature. She plans to attend Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and pursue a degree in environmental science.
Erin Reynolds was recognized with an honorable mention for her essay describing a special meadow and adjacent undeveloped land near her neighborhood and suggesting the area as one worthy of
preservation. She will attend college and plans to study environmental engineering or biology.
“This year we received a fine group of essays that showed us how much Westborough's natural environment has meant to young people who have grown up with it,” said Annie Reid of the WCLT Scholarship Committee. “Parents and townspeople shouldn's doubt that their kids love playing outside in the woods and fields and that the track team enjoys practicing at Veterans” Freedom Park.”