HONESDALE - The Lackawaxen River Conservancy has announced that Alicia Utegg of Honesdale High School is the winner of the 2019 Lackawaxen River Conservancy Scholarship.

Alicia was recognized twice for this award. She was recognized for this honor at the Honesdale High School Awards Night, June 10th and then received her $500 award when she joined members of the Conservancy for lunch on July 14th. Alicia will attend Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA where she will major in Conservation and Wildlife Management.

She has excelled in a highly demanding academic program, while maintaining a rich extracurricular life. She has volunteered at Billy’s New Hope Barn, an animal rescue barn where farm animals that have been neglected and abused are cared for. She participated in Envirothon, a natural resource environmental education competition. She was a varsity cheerleader for four years and was the captain of the cheerleading team. She was on the student council for four years and a member of the National Honor Society.

Alicia has a deep love of animals. In her junior year this abiding affection became a passion. She became especially interested in the protection of animals through the rehabilitation of animal environments. She hopes to work in zoos around the world that stress the creation of natural habitat. She looks forward to helping animal populations threatened with decline and extinction reverse that trend and thrive.

The Lackawaxen River Conservancy 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.

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.