Moczulski wins Five Rivers scholarship

Michelle Moczulski

Michelle Moczulski

BETHLEHEM —  Michelle Moczulski, who graduated from Bethlehem Central High School in June and plans to study environmental science at Villanova University in the fall, has won a $2,000 scholarship from the Friends of Five Rivers.

The award is named in memory of Wendy Repass Suozzo, a lifelong educator with a deep and heartfelt passion for nature.

“As a program coordinator for the Friends of Five Rivers, Wendy shared that love of nature with children and adults alike,” said a release from the organization. “Devoting tremendous energy and displaying her skill as a fine teacher, she inspired her students to wonder at the mysteries to be found all around them.” 

Applicants for the annual award are evaluated on their interest and commitment to the environment as demonstrated by involvement with environmental education, volunteering, and helping environmental organizations achieve their missions.

“Michelle is an exceptional person as an honor student all four years of high school. Her academic achievements and awards in science and math and a clear passion and commitment to environmental education and community service stood out to the committee,” said Stephanie Maes, who chairs the Education Committee for the Friends of Five Rivers Board, in the release.

“For three years, she was a volunteer tour guide at Pine Hollow Arboretum, advocated for environmental legislation as part of her involvement with the New York Youth Climate Leaders and currently works at Catskill Mountainkeeper,” said Maes.

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