The Elly and Giorgio Petronio-Stony Brook Garden Club Environmental Award was established in 2006. This $1,000 scholarship is available to a junior or senior attending a high school in the greater Princeton area who demonstrates a passion for and a commitment to our environment. He/she must have been actively involved in one or more of the following: research, advocacy, horticulture, protection or improvement of our natural world.Elly and Giorgio Petronio have been long time Princeton residents and Elly has been a devoted member of the Stony Brook Garden Club since 1981. As a member of the Garden Club of America since 1941, the Stony Brook Garden Club has promoted its mission to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening and to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through programs and action in the fields of conservation, civic improvement and education.
Dennis Zhang is the 2019 winner of the Elly and Giorgio Petronio Stony Brook Garden Club Environmental Award.
Dennis, a dynamic Junior at Peddie School, was the Leader of the Peddie Environmental and Sustainability Team. During his tenure they organized 'Earth Day' and planted 1,600 trees, made 4 floating wetlands in Hightstown Lake and lobbied local representatives. Furthermore he led the first ever dining hall composting program at Peddie, founded and edited the weekly Environmental Newsletter and was the environmental writer for The Activist Express and the environmental editor for the Young Scientists Journal. Finally his work on Duckweed DNA sequencing is commendable.
The significance of the scholarship to Dennis is a validation that he is making changes to the world around him and highlights that environmentalism is valued in the Princeton area.
For more information on the scholarship, please contact Mary Brophy