The first photo of Angelika Kurthen (on top) was taken when she was 11 years old. A winner in WMEAC’s environmentally themed Step-It-Up art contest for her “Litterbug” art piece was featured in WMEAC’s Spring 2008 TUEBOR newsletter publication. The contest was for elementary students throughout the West Michigan community.
On bottom, the now 18-year-old Angelika is currently an intern with WMEAC working on various projects. She is a 2013 Forest Hills Central graduate and longtime volunteer. Angelika has been accepted to the University of Michigan in the fall and is planning on pursuing a career in biology or environmental science.
Angelika is one of several longtime WMEAC participants now entering their professional years. WMEAC programs such as Teach for the Water Watershed provides local middle-school students with hands on educational experiences on environmental issues. That particular program incorporates a mix of activities in the classroom and outdoors, with many of the classes taught by professional mentors from companies like General Motors Components Holdings (GMCH) and Herman Miller. Other activities students have participated in this year include water quality testing, macroinvertebrate surveys, stream cleanups and rain barrel workshops.