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PINEVILLE - The Wyoming East High School Friends of the Earth Club is making headlines, not only on the state level, but the national level as well.

The group recently placed 13th in a national recycling competition.

Now the honors are flowing in from far and near. And because of it, they will be traveling this summer.

The club is the winner of the Environmental Protection Agency's Presidential Environmental Youth Awards, and Brittany Bauer was selected as the Presidential Innovator in Environmental Education for the mid-Atlantic region.

They will be traveling to Washington, D.C., in July to be recognized.

The club finished 13th nationally recently in Pepsi's Recycling Rally and won $4,000.

Over the weekend of May 17-19, the group received the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Agency's Mountain State Environmental Award as well as the REAP Recycling Award.

Angela Vest was selected as the 2019 Environmental Hall of Fame student.

Last year, David Shrewsbury and Taylor McKinney received the very same award.

Over the last two years the club has brought in over $50,000 in grants and awards benefiting the community, school, and participating students.

The group has dedicated more than 2,600 hours to litter clean-up, recycling, and environmental education this year alone.

Members of the club include: Sebastian Brooks, Destany and Hannah Burgess, Zoe Cook, Myranda Griffey, Emily Lattie, Hailey Maples, Taylor McKinney, David Shrewsbury, Nate Shrewsbury, Harleigh Sizemore, Hailey Stacy, Brenda Stevens, Jessie Tilley, Amy Vest, Angela Vest and Bryce Weaver.

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