|Posted on October 15, 2015 at 8:00 PM|
Two YCHS students, senior Jersaleen (“Jersy”) Waayan and sophomore Quinntiara (“Quinnie”) Paag, recently earned first place honors in a state-wide essay contest. Quinnie won the top award for the freshman/sophomore level, and Jersy’s essay was the best in the junior/senior division. Fellow senior Demetria (“Demi”) Mtag's entry finished third.
Quinnie’s essay focused on the importance of clean water for our island, pointing out that various forms of pollution often have negative effects on water supply. She also wrote about the use of ditches and dams to control water flow and the importance of clean water tanks and effective water filtration systems. Jersy’s essay focused in on the problem of land erosion. She wrote about various ways Yapese people use both rocks and trees to control erosion – in gardening, along river banks, and in our coastal areas. Jersy encouraged local people to continue working hard to care for the natural resources of our island.
Congratulations Jersy, Quinnie, and Demi! All three are pictured below.