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Meet the Divert NS Champions of the Environment!

Divert NS is proud to announce the inaugural winners of the Divert NS Champion of the Environment Scholarship!


$20,000 in scholarships to students who have exemplified leadership in protecting our environment have been awarded to seven regional winners. Meet them below:

$5,000 provincial scholarship winner: Thomas King

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Shelburne Regional High, Shelburne
Region 6: South Shore, West Hants

Thomas is an active leader in the SRHS Environment Club, where he helped initiate beach sweeps, garbage pick-ups and more. Thomas showed outstanding concern for a local environmental issue when he organized a school petition for deforestation of Keijimkujik Park, which collected hundreds of signatures. Read Thomas’s essay >

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$2,500 regional scholarship winner: Mya McHugh

Strait Area Education-Recreation Centre, Port Hawkesbury
Region 1: Cape Breton

Mya is the Lead Organizer for the Port Hawkesbury Community Gardens. She volunteered with the L'Arche Cape Breton Garden Program, and is an active volunteer with the Pan Cape Breton Food Hub. Mya has been a member of the Girl Guides of Canada for 14 years, and has participated in multiple community clean ups, tree planting events, and environmental protection activities. Read Mya’s essay >

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$2,500 regional scholarship winner: Paget Houston

North Nova Education Centre, New Glasgow
Region 2: Antigonish, Pictou and Guysborough

Paget proudly represents North Nova Education Centre on both the United Way of Pictou County and the Pictou County Fuel Fund Board of Directors. She partakes in the YMCA Youth Leadership Group, is involved with Chance Harbour Preservation Society, and is co-founder of Grass Roots at North Nova Education Centre. She is also a peer mentor affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Read Paget’s essay >


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$2,500 regional scholarship winner: December Sampson

Cobequid Education Centre, Truro
Region 3: Colchester, Cumberland and East Hants

December is Co-CEO of R&R Gardens – a local organic produce and poultry business with a focus on green business practices. December helped start the very first environment club at Cobequid Education Centre, to help students work toward an environmentally friendly community. The club’s plans include promoting green living, taking action in the community and practicing habits that benefit the planet. Read December’s Essay > 


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$2,500 regional scholarship winner: Hannah Estabrook

Citadel High
Region 4: Halifax

Hannah is an Outdoor Recreation Leader & Youth Action Team Leader at Halifax's Adventure Earth Centre and Executive of Citadel's High School Environment Committee. In 2016, Hannah organized a group of 40 volunteers to coordinate a city clean up and beautification event called Refresh Robie Street. Read Hannah’s Essay >


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$2,500 regional scholarship winner: Rose Schoonhoven

Horton High, Wolfville
Region 5: Annapolis and Kings

Rose is an environmental film maker who advocates for environmental issues in her community. In 2015, Rose won the Nourish Nova Scotia Youth Food & Film Challenge. She is also Founder and President of Horton Social Entrepreneurship Club, VP of Sales and Marketing with her Junior Achievement group, and is a loyal volunteer with her local farmer’s market. Rose is also a past winner of the Nova Scotia Recycles contest. Read Rose’s essay >


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$2,500 regional scholarship winner: Claudia Crocker

Islands Consolidated, Freeport
Region 7: Digby, Yarmouth

Claudia is organizer of her school’s "Garbage-a-Thon”, which collects up to 50 bags of waste from a 16-km stretch of local roadway each year. She participates in the semi-annual beach sweep of the Balancing Rock Trail, rebuilding bridges and walkways that protect swamp areas. She has designed a school garden and transports school refundables to her local ENVIRO-DEPOT™. Read Claudia’s essay >