Reader News: NL-S YES! team receives awards for outstanding eco-projects

New London-Spicer YES! team named 2022 Water Stewardship state champion.

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Front row, left to right: Jen Griffin (chaperone), Kayanna Gehrke, Marni Paffrath (NL-S YES! Coach), Harper Hoffman, Asher King, Saige Klever, Addison Buboltz, Brooke Behne, Maddie Prentice, Jasmine Nieto (YES! Regional Coordinator) Back row, left to right: Griffin Thompson, Addison Montpetit, Jackie Renstrom, Bria Marxhausen, Averie Turner, Heidi Tauton, Garret Leenstra.

Youth Eco Solutions (YES!) held its annual awards ceremony at the Target Field baseball stadium in May during a Minnesota Twins game.

The New London-Spicer YES! team was named the 2022 Water Stewardship state champion.

The team consists of middle and high school members, who this year completed projects including storm drain stenciling, used shoe collection, pollinator plot planting and several additional activities.

Sleepy Eye was the overall state champion, and Mankato West was the state runner-up.

YES! is a statewide organization that challenges youth to engage in hands-on projects that benefit the environment and their communities. Projects are chosen and directed by youth with help from their team coach, typically a teacher, and many community members. Broad topics that YES! teams work on include: water quality, waste reduction, local/sustainable foods, renewable energy, and habitat restoration. Learn about YES! and how to start a team at .


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