Milton Hershey School Senior Honored with 2017 Manada Conservancy Environmental Achievement Award
Manada Conservancy recognizes local seniors who are committed to preserving the environment.
Milton Hershey School senior Ryan Owens will be awarded the 2017 Manada Conservancy Environmental Achievement Award for his academic accomplishments in environmental studies, his work as an MHS Environmental Center intern, and his solid understanding of ecological concepts and environmental issues.
“From early on in his internship, Ryan had a clear vision of the skills and experiences he wanted to gain in order to support his career aspirations,” said Nate McKelvie, an instructional advisor at the MHS Environmental Center. “He’s always thinking, he doesn’t take standard knowledge for granted, and he pushes the envelope on the status quo.”
Ryan is being recognized for his community-oriented mindset and leadership skills in the MHS Environmental Center. As a leader among the school’s student interns, Ryan has been responsible for tree planting, managing the school’s trout nursery, and creating and maintaining campus trails.
He also has enhanced his skills in ecological restoration and water chemistry by working with an MHS teacher to perform tests on multiple spring water sources. When he graduates in June 2017, Ryan will be attending Kutztown University to major in environmental science.
Manada Conservancy focuses on land preservation and environmental education in the Central Pennsylvania area. The Conservancy’s Education Committee organizes annual education programs and offers environmental achievement awards to seniors who present a strong commitment to preserving the environment.
Milton Hershey School helps students develop an appreciation for the environment through its Agricultural and Environmental Education (AEE) program. The AEE curriculum engages pre-K through 12th grade students with exposure to environmental and agricultural contexts through experiential learning opportunities and STEAM integration. Learn more about the AEE Program.