Seaquam Secondary Students Scoop Up Prizes at Canada’s National YRE Competition

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Members of Seaquam’s Environment Club present to Delta educators

Congratulations to students in Seaquam’s Environment Club for their outstanding success in the recent National Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) Competition. They won six of nine awards in the high school categories:

Photo Age 11 – 14:       Gurtaj Mangat and Camdan Sagar (Third Place)

Photo Age 15 – 18:       Mackenna Scambler and Lauren Landry (First Place) and Grace Bruneau, Anushka Biswal, and Sanya Sharma (Third Place)

Video Age 15 – 18:        Mia Darar, Arveen Sekhon and Giuliana Gusso (First Place), Grace Bruneau, Anushka Biswal and Sanya Sharma (Second Place), and Sunny He, Liana Panditha and Simon Luo (Third Place)

“Climate change and climate anxiety are significant concerns for our youth, and initiatives like YRE provide them with a platform to critically analyze environmental issues in their communities and devise innovative solutions,” said Mr, Iachetta, Seaquam educator and Environment Club sponsor. “It is hoped that their participation and success in this competition will ignite inspiration and empowerment among students to take proactive steps in their communities.”

Many YRE competition participants often join their school’s green teams where they discover the value of collective action on environmental initiatives. This year, some former YRE competitors took the initiative to present to students at local elementary schools and even conducted workshops for Delta educators during professional development days. Their aim was to share ideas, lessons, and encourage teachers to prioritize climate change education in their classrooms.

All of the YRE award winning submissions are featured on the YRE website, and will be announced nationally through, the EcoSchools newsletter, and on social media.

As first place winners, Mackenna Scambler and Lauren Landry (Photo Age 15-18) and Mia Darar, Arveen Sekhon and Giuliana Gusso (Video Age 15-18)  will receive a prize from National Geographic and will become Canada’s official entry in the 2024 International YRE competition  ( against winners from other nations. The YRE international competition winners will be announced later this year from the competition headquarters in Copenhagen Denmark.

Seaquam Environment Club students

Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) is an award-winning program coordinated by Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The program empowers young people to take an educated stand on environmental issues they feel strongly about and gives them a platform to articulate these issues through the media of writing, photography or video. More than 450,000 students in 44 countries are currently involved in the YRE program where 19,000 photos, articles and videos are submitted to annual national competitions every year.