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Lab School graduate awarded the Wendy Repass Suozzo Memorial Award

Filed in BCHS, Student Spotlight by on July 16, 2020

Friends of Five Rivers (FFR) has announced that BCHS 2020 graduate Michelle Moczulski has won this year’s Wendy Repass Suozzo Memorial Award Scholarship. The Memorial Award is granted each year to a graduating senior at Bethlehem Central High School (BCHS) who will be attending college for environmental studies or a closely related field such as biology, chemistry, geology, or environmental law. The annual award of $2,000 is usually presented as part of the Annual Awards Night.

Moczulski, who was a member the BCHS Lab School, plans to attend Villanova University in the fall, majoring in Environmental Science.

“Michelle was one of several applicants, all of whom were very good and deserving candidates,” said Stephanie Maes, Chair of the Education Committee for the FFR Board. “However, we had to make a tough decision. Michelle is an exceptional person as an honor student all four years of high school. Her academic achievements and awards in science and math and a clear passion and commitment to environmental education and community service stood out to the committee. For three years she was a volunteer tour guide at Pine Hollow Arboretum, advocated for environmental legislation as part of her involvement with the New York Youth Climate Leaders and currently works at Catskill Mountainkeeper.” said Maes.

Award applicants are evaluated based on interest and commitment to the environment as demonstrated by involvement with environmental education, volunteering and helping environmental organizations achieve their missions.

“I congratulate Michelle and applaud all the applicants, each of whom demonstrated leadership and a commitment to environmental education and environmental issues and all serve as a testament to the memory of Wendy Repass Suozzo,” said Board President Randal Coburn. “I also wish to thank Stephanie for leading the effort for reviewing applications and selecting this year’s scholarship awardee. The value of her work and that of the other members of the committee cannot be overstated.” Special thanks to Jessica Westervelt, Spanish teacher at BCHS, for her assistance throughout the process as well,” said Coburn.