Congratulations to the 2021 CCL students!
We are proud to present to you our 2021 CCL students! Throughout the past year, these thirteen young conservation leaders found time to complete impressive stewardship projects and create videos to share with you. The students are excited about their projects and their experiences will become the foundation for future conservation work. Join us in congratulating and recognizing all of their hard work!

The Fred Chase Memorial Scholarship is an award presented to a CCL student who
best exemplifies former mentor Fred Chase’s spirit of converting ideas into action and who
expresses the characteristics and interest in conservation that Fred embodied. The award is
given by his friends in the men’s group at The Church of the Holy Spirit.

This year, we are pleased to present this award to two outstanding CCL seniors, Eduardo Flores and Emir Suhaime.

Eddie is a senior at Waukegan High School. He has participated in every aspect of CCL since his freshman year and demonstrated considerable achievement in conservation throughout his time in high school. He participated fully and enthusiastically in every aspect of CCL and has proven to be a leader throughout. Eddie is exceptionally committed to conservation causes and the environment, reinvigorating his high school Environmental Club this year. As their leader, Eddie led student involvement in climate change awareness, community advocacy and school improvement. He is a friend to all and will bring this spirit to his next adventures in college.

Emir, a senior at North Chicago Community High School, is unusual in the CCL program as he did not attend the initial Wisconsin trip. Passionate about nature and environmental sustainability, Emir became involved with CCL as a restoration intern and was the only intern who did not miss a day, or even an hour over two summers of work. He volunteers eagerly whenever there is any opportunity. Emir made an impressive commitment to the work he undertook and we are excited that he will be with us this summer as an official Restoration Ecology Intern before he matriculates at Colorado College next fall.

CCL Students
Daniel Anaya | Brian Botero | Brian Bravo | Botnia Calzada | Karol Flores
Axel Garcia
| Kimberly Jaimes | Jose Ochoa | Katrina Padilla
Anna Pierson
| Denise Rodriguez | Alexis Valdovinos | Ella Vander Velde

Thank you to our Mentors!
CCL mentors come from different backgrounds but they all encourage that “sense of wonder” so important in student development. They enthusiastically devote many hours and much energy to work with the students, guiding the stewardship projects, dispensing sage advice and helping with project presentations. They are a very dedicated group of volunteers and we are deeply grateful to them!

CCL Mentors
Krissa Stogen | Sarah Helding | Charlie Hoffmann | Ben Martindale
Suzy Marshala
| Tim Bliese | Gustavo Ustariz | Chris Vernon
Mark Senger
| Maddie Mahan | Carolina Wence | Nan Buckardt | Susie Hoffmann

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Daniel Anaya
Save the Bees
Cristo Rey St. Martin

Brian Botero
Recycling Drive
Lake Forest Academy

Brian Bravo and Alexis Valdovinos
Trail Blazers: Cleaners of the World
Waukegan High School

Botnia Calzada
Green Thumb
Cristo Rey St. Martin

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Karol Flores
A Food Waste Lesson
Round Lake High School

Axel Garcia
The Bluebird Inn
Round Lake High School

Kimberly Jaimes
Sharing Our Stories: Inspiring the Younger Generation
Cristo Rey St. Martin

Jose Ochoa
Waukegan River Restoration
Waukegan High School

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Katrina Padilla
El Pato Loco
Cristo Rey St. Martin

Anna Pierson
Ditching Fast Fashion
Lake Forest High School

Denis Rodriguez
Green Thumb
Cristo Rey St. Martin

Ella  Vander Velde
Green Sense
Lake Forest High School

View 2019/20 CCL Certificate Projects