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Attorney General Clark Announces ‘Winner’ of Fourth Annual Earth Day Essay Challenge

April 22, 2024

In celebration of Earth Day, Attorney General Charity Clark today announced the conclusion of the fourth annual Earth Day Essay Challenge for Vermont’s fifth and sixth graders. The annual event began in 2021 with the Attorney General’s Office inviting students to submit essays on the environment and Earth Day. This year’s essay challenge began in February and ran through mid-April. The Attorney General’s Office received 21 essays from students in different parts of Vermont, from Townshend in the southern part of the state, all the way to Charleston in the Northeast Kingdom.

“Each spring I look forward to reading student essays for Earth Day,” said Attorney General Charity Clark. “I am inspired by young Vermonters’ passion for the environment, commitment to protecting our shared resources, and joy in spending time with family and friends in the mountains, woods, and waterways of our beautiful state.”

The essays submitted to the Attorney General’s Office as a part of the Earth Day Essay Challenge are posted on the Office’s website for the public to enjoy. To read the students’ essays, please visit: The Attorney General as well as members of her office’s Environmental Protection Unit are providing individual feedback to each student who submitted an essay.

The following schools participated in this year’s essay challenge:

Charleston Elementary, 5th Grade

Leland and Gray Middle and High School, 6th Grade

Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative, 6th Grade

The “winner” of this year’s challenge – decided by pulling a name out of a hat – is Bella from Leland and Gray Middle and High School. Attorney General Clark and members of the Environmental Protection Unit are looking forward to visiting Leland and Gray later this spring.

For more information on the Attorney General’s Office’s environmental work and to keep up to date on the latest activities of the Office, please visit the Office’s website:  



CONTACT:   Amelia Vath, Outreach and Communications Coordinator, 802-371-9798