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2022-23 Cohort of Leopold Scholars in Ecology & Ethics Selected

Lawrenceville is pleased to announce the 2022-23 cohort of Leopold Scholars in Ecology and Ethics: Aarushi Attray '23, Julia Chiang '23, Kevin Chiang '23, Ashley Lee '23, Kate Mirkovic '23, Alex Mykhantso '23, Tanmay Sammeta '24, and Asprey Walters '24. The Leopold Scholars program recognizes rising Fourth and Fifth Form Lawrentians who are committed to sustainability, environmental ethics, service, and leadership during their Lawrenceville experience and beyond. It is named in honor of distinguished alumnus and renowned ecologist Aldo Leopold (Class of 1905) and author of the environmental classic, “A Sand County Almanac.”

The program focuses on studying water quality and water justice through a long-term study of area rivers, including the Shipetaukin Creek that flows through Lawrenceville’s campus and connects with the Delaware River Watershed. During the program, Scholars partner with staff from the Watershed Institute in nearby Hopewell, N.J. They participate in the Institute’s Community Watershed Advocate Program with readings and activities centered on water quality and environmental justice.

The program runs this summer from June 12-June 24. For the remainder of their Lawrenceville careers, Leopold Scholars are expected to take on a key leadership role on the School’s Sustainability Council to raise community awareness of waste reduction, habitat restoration, carbon emissions, environmental justice, and more.

“The most rewarding part about teaching the Leopold Scholars program is the powerful opportunity it provides for students to see contemporary applications of a land ethic in action,” said Director of Sustainability Steve Laubach, who oversees the program. “They accomplish this by working alongside staff of the Watershed Institute, a regional hub for water-based environmental education, aquatic science, and equality of access to clean water. Participants experience first-hand the links between science, policy, and community engagement.”

For additional information, contact Lisa M. Gillard H'17, director of public relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.