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Hockerill pair's project on food waste impresses judges in national Rotary young environmentalist competition

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Two students from Hockerill Anglo-European College triumphed in a national competition for young environmentalists.

Zoe Hart and Yvette Hupje, from the Dunmow Road secondary, won the senior category (age 14 to 17) in Rotary Great Britain and Ireland's Young Environmentalist Competition 2021-22 for their project focusing on food waste.

They shared the laurels with Sophie Broom, from Lambrook School, Bracknell, for her work on climate change and Savannah Martin, from Scotland's Tain Royal Academy, for her investigation into the impact of the North Coast 500, a 516-mile scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness Castle, on local environment and tourism.

Sophie Broom, Zoe Hart, Yvette Hupje and Savannah Martin (57273907)
Sophie Broom, Zoe Hart, Yvette Hupje and Savannah Martin (57273907)

The competition, sponsored by Veolia, was an opportunity for young people to showcase their solutions to environmental problems. The two Hockerill winners talked about their research at a Stort Valley Rotary speaker event held on Zoom in March.

Stort Valley Rotary Club president Gordon Morrison said: "I would like to congratulate the winners of the Young Environmentalist Competition and hope they will go on to inspire others to take action to protect our environment."

The competition also included categories for junior (7 to 10 years) and intermediate (11 to 13 years) pupils.

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