The Hannah Prize was created in 2013 by St. Michaels resident Ann Hymes to celebrate her daughter Hannah’s unbounded energy, creativity, and desire to save and cherish the environment. The competition is open only to current students at St. Michaels High School.
“If you had $5,000, how would you contribute to environmental sustainability, innovation, or climate study?” A panel of judges determined that Gill best answered the question, in less than 1,000 words, with a fun and innovative idea that will engage young people in greater awareness of their impact on the environment. The finalists were Gill and junior Emily Eaton.
Gill’s plan is to fund a class at the Easton YMCA summer camp for children to learn the importance of recycling and how it contributes to the environment. Participants will create musical instruments from trash and recycled material that they bring from home, while learning the need to reduce, reuse, recycle.
He writes, “For incentive the kids would have a final show where the camp counselors, families, and other camp attendees would listen to the music and instruments they created from their own trash. The overall goal of this is not just to have fun, but also to learn about what is happening to the Earth they are living in and what they can do to make a difference.” Gill’s winning proposal was titled, “The Environment is in Treble.”
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Hymes quipped, “I look forward to seeing the concert CD from this year’s winning submission!” She emphasized that the Hannah Prize is a reward for out-of-the-box thinking about environmental issues, a prize for ideas; it is not a scholarship. How could $5,000 make a difference in 2017?