A North Salem resident was among two students from Sacred Heart Greenwich invited to the White House to receive the President’s Environmental Youth Award for their contributions in protecting people and the environment from potentially harmful fertilizers. 

Madison Miles of North Salem and Katherine Siciliano of Stamford traveled to Washington Aug. 16 to receive the award along with science teacher Mary Musolino in the White House’s Eisenhower Executive Office Building. 

Miles and Siciliano graduated from Sacred Heart Greenwich on June 3 and will pursue their interests in science in college. Miles will attend Cornell University and Siciliano will attend Boston University.

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As seniors in Sacred Heart Greenwich’s science research program last year, Miles and Siciliano focused their environmental research on the effectiveness of organic soil enhancers in promoting plant growth and increasing crop yield. Entitled “Nutrasafe: Creating an Eco-Friendly Plant Food for the Environment,” their project was aimed at testing viable, safe alternatives to chemical fertilizers. They developed specific formulations from food waste and demonstrated, through nutrient testing and plant growth studies, that their formulations could be used effectively instead of traditional fertilizers. 

Their teacher, Mary Musolino, encouraged them to submit their work to the Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Awards. The President’s Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA) recognizes outstanding environmental projects by students and promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources.

 In April, Miles and Siciliano were named Region 1 (New England) PEYA winners for their environmental study.
On May 10, the EPA recognized the two Sacred Heart Greenwich seniors with an Environmental Merit Award at a ceremony in Boston. Their entry was judged against submissions from high school students throughout New England.