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Sycamore student wins conservation scholarship

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Illinois Conservation Foundation recently announced the recipients of the 2014 Conservation Achievement Scholarships. The awards were given to Alex Handel, a senior at Sycamore High School, and Kenneth Bielski, a senior at Hononegah High School in Rockton.

Each student will receive a $2,000 award to apply to specified expenses at the two- or four-year college or university of their choice.

Handel is dedicated to preserve and protect the Illinois environment. He is a “Leave No Trace” trainer and volunteers with the Russell Woods Forest Preserve and the Kishwaukee Watershed Management Program. He has participated in prairie seed collections and restorations, tree-planting activities, trails work, educational efforts and community planning.

Applicants for the Illinois Conservation Foundation’s Conservation Achievement Scholarship program must be outstanding high school seniors in Illinois who have demonstrated effective, voluntary, long-term dedication to the preservation, protection, enhancement and/or promotion of Illinois’ natural resources. Other criteria also apply. Detailed instructions and the application form can be found at

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