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High School Student G. Ray Bodley Wins SUNY ESF Book Award – Oswego County Today

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FULTON — The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), the nation’s most distinguished institution focused on the study of the environment, is proud to award the first SUNY ESF Book Award to Leah Rowlee of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton.

“The ESF Book Prize recognizes a high school student who excels in science or services specifically related to the environment,” said ESF President Joanie Mahoney. “The award also provides an opportunity to nurture the student’s desire to continue learning and to foster their growth and development as lifelong learners.”

Leah Rowlee was nominated by her Global Environment Professor Ryan Brown for her “thorough understanding of ecological concepts and her use of scientific reasoning”. She is able to make connections between her work in class and her reading and outside experiences. She has demonstrated an ambition to deepen her understanding of environmental issues and concepts as a critical thinker and strong writer. Rowlee is a rising senior.

“Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and Plant Teachings” by Professor Emeritus Robin Kimmerer is this year’s book prize. Braiding Sweetgrass is a collection of essays weaving traditional ecological knowledge with scientific insights to examine the relationship people have and can have with the living environment. As a botanist, Kimmerer uses science to understand nature. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the idea that plants and animals are our oldest teachers and incorporates them into both her research and her teaching.

Schools that participate in ESF under the High School Dual Enrollment Program have been asked to nominate a student. The ESF book prize was awarded at the high school’s spring awards ceremony.

About the ESF
The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is dedicated to studying the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable and resilient future through environmental design, policy, and management. environment and natural resources. Members of the College community share a passion for protecting the health of the planet and a deep commitment to the rigorous application of science to improve the way humans interact with the world. The College offers academic programs ranging from Associate in Applied Science to Doctor of Philosophy. ESF students live, study, and research on the main campus in Syracuse, NY, and on 25,000 acres of field stations in a variety of ecosystems across the state.

About the ESF at the Lycée
ESF in High School is a collaboration between ESF and partner urban, rural, and suburban school districts in New York State. The ESF in high school allows qualified high school students to earn college credits and offers high school teachers the opportunity to teach as an adjunct teacher in the Middle School.

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