REGION — The Lackawaxen River Conservancy is pleased to announce that Olivia Troiano of Western Wayne High School has been awarded The Lackawaxen River Conservancy Scholarship.

The award of $500 was presented to Olivia at Senior Night on Thursday, June 8th at Western Wayne High School.

Olivia will attend LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she is planning to major in Environmental Studies in preparation for a career in conservation and protection of the environment.

In addition to her stellar academic performance, Olivia has led a busy extracurricular life.

She was secretary of the National Honor Society, a reporter for the Technology Student Association, a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and a member of the Varsity Tennis Team.

In keeping with her serious environmental interest, Olivia worked as a junior counselor at the Lacawac Sanctuary’s Habitat Discoveries Camp.

Olivia points out that we have all heard of the Stone Age or the Bronze Age. She, however, is deeply concerned about the current age, which she calls “the Plastic Age.”

Olivia states that much of the 288 million tons of plastic that is manufactured each year ends up in our oceans. In addition to adding tons of debris, the chemicals in plastic make their way into the diets of small fish, up the food chain and all the way to humans.

“Many people believe that we will have to change, but for Olivia, “The Plastic Age is not a scenario for the future. That time is now.”

The Lackawaxen River Conservancy Scholarship is open to graduating seniors who are attending high school in the Lackawaxen Watershed, and who intend to pursue a career in environmental conservation.

The eligible high schools are Honesdale High School, Wallenpaupack Area High School, Western Wayne High School and the Canaan Christian Academy.

This year, thanks to a generous donation, the Conservancy is awarding the scholarship to two graduating seniors.

An announcement of the other scholarship winner will soon follow.

The Lackawaxen River Conservancy is made up of local residents, past and present, from Pike and Wayne Counties.

It is an organization that is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the natural splendor of the Lackawaxen River, its watershed and wildlife.