Three Chinese American High School Students Win Cash For Environmental Presentations

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Chinese American Environmental Professional Association's Willard Chin, Reanna Lao, Supervisor Katy Tang, Amanda Tse, and AsianWeek Foundation's Ted Fang.

Chinese American Environmental Professional Association’s Willard Chin, Reanna Lao, Supervisor Katy Tang, Amanda Tse, and AsianWeek Foundation’s Ted Fang.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Chinese American Environmental Professionals Association (CAEPA) was recently joined by the AsianWeek Foundation and San Francisco Supervisor Katy Tang in announcing the three winners of the CAEPA 2013 Environmental Contest, in which high school students from all over the Bay Area were invited to submit PowerPoint presentations of an environmental issue impacting the community today and generations to come.

Amanda Tse’s won first place and a $500 prize, with her detailed presentation on Air Pollution. She impressed judges with her historical overview, technical analysis and strategies to control pollution. Tse just graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco and will be entering the University of California, Merced in the fall to begin her studies in environmental engineering.

Second prize of $400 went to another Lincoln High student – Reanna Lao for her presentation also on Air Pollution with an emphasis on health impacts and stakeholders’ roles in addressing the issue.

Norvin Louie of California High School in San Ramon placed third and won $300 for her powerpoint on Air and Water Pollution in China. The presentation showed the severity and the scope of environmental damage to the country’s environment and its people.

CAEPA promotes environmental education and career opportunities among Asian American students. As part of its mission, In 1999, CAEPA initiated a scholarship award for Asian American high school students. The scholarship program goals are to 1) recognize outstanding academic work, 2) encourage environmental careers and 3) promote environmental literacy. The contest took place in Spring and was open to all students in the Bay Area.

“AsianWeek Foundation has a great partnership with CAEPA in promoting their work to increase environmental awareness and green practices among today’s Asian American youth and their families,” said Ted Fang, Executive Director of the AsianWeek Foundation. AsianWeek Foundation worked with CAEPA in the areas of outreach, promotion and judging for the contest. The AsianWeek Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3)s, committed to developing Asian American community. In 2012, the AWF initiated its Green Initiative for Asian Families, with outreach efforts to all segments of the community including its youth population.

“CAEPA is proud to partner with the AsianWeek Foundation’s Green Initiative for Asian Families and their efforts to bring multiple generations together to raise awareness for environmental issues,” said Willard Chin, CAEPA’s Scholarship Chair. “We were happy to have Supervisor Katy Tang on hand to recognize two local Lincoln High School students.”

CAEPA fosters the exchange of knowledge in the environmental field with seminars, field trips and international liaisons. On October 12-13, CAEPA will be hosting an international environmental conference. For more information, go to:


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