Energy and Environment Cabinet
Earth Day Celebration 2017
This is the first year the Cabinet has had a video contest. And the winner is Diana Lila, a student at Eastside Technical Center, Lexington, Ky., for her video, “Let’s Keep it Beautiful.”
View her video here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2Lqtd8P9AU.
Diana and her family will receive a two-night stay with their families at a Kentucky State Resort Park of their choice, compliments of the Kentucky Department of Parks.
This year's winner of the seventh annual “Capture the Earth” student photo contest is a Johnson County Middle School eighth-grader, Meghan Grace Ratliff, for her “Sunrise at Jenny Wiley State Park."
"This photo, shot at sunrise over Jenny Wiley State Park's Dewey Lake, highlights all that is good here in Kentucky. From the tranquil sunrise, to the calm, clean water, to the towering hills that make East Kentucky my home, this photo encompasses a strong effort to conserve and protect these resources by our community, park officials, and all who frequent and visit Dewey Lake. Whether to boat, enjoy a sunrise or sunset, have a picnic, catch a fish, hike a trail or play at the many play areas, visitors to this park and others like it in KY must take pride and take part in keeping it a clean, safe space for recreation. And when I look into my crystal ball, I see the positive outcomes of these efforts, and I can see that at least in my part of the earth, that the sun will always shine bright on my old Kentucky home.”
Olivia Halfhill, 13, a seventh-grader also from Johnson County Middle School, received an Honorable Mention for her photo that captured a Paintsville, Ky. pastoral scene. For her efforts, Halfhill will receive an elk tour for two at Jenny Wiley State Park.
"Everyone enjoys slowing down and taking much needed time to spend with their family. You do not have to travel far to be amazed by natures beauty it's all around you in Eastern Kentucky. In this picture spring brings a new beginning of the year with trees swaying in the gentle calming breeze while walking through the dew covered grass. Going to the barn is like stepping into another world! There you can learn and explore new things in nature and make bonds with animals you never knew could be so incredible.”