Environmental Essay Contest 2012 Toyota

Following a competitive essay contest, the Otsego County Conservation Association has awarded nine Otsego County middle-school students with a week-long stay at a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Summer Camp.

Otsego County students ages 11-14 were invited to compete for DEC camperships via the essay contest. In 750 words or less, they were asked to consider the question, “Imagine yourself in 50 years: What would you say to your younger self about the value of Otsego County’s beautiful land, lakes and streams?” OCCA received essays from Kathy Hardison’s Oneonta Middle School students and Amy Parr’s Cooperstown Middle School  science class as well as independent submissions.

Earning a trip to DEC camp as a result of their efforts are: Eva Barberio, Danielle Basdekis, Michael Crippen, Brandon Gardner, Majesti Hamilton, Ray Hovis, Phoebe Jones, Reilly Mooney and Aaliyah Saunders. Alternates are Ian Quinn, Henry Wager and Mikayla Web. The authors of the winning essays will enjoy a week at NYSDEC camp this summer, where they will spend their time immersed in the natural environment and will enjoy a balance of environmental education, sportsman education, and outdoor fun.

OCCA will sponsor the campers at $350 per student, thanks to funds provided by private donors. Alternates will be rewarded for their hard work as well with a small cash prize and the opportunity to attend camp if a spot should open up.

OCCA also recognized essayists who did not apply to attend camp. Brayden White took top honors, followed by F. Tulip Bailey and Jacob Rei.

Now in its fifth year, OCCA’s Campership Sponsor Program is intended to help connect middle schoolers with nature through their writing skills, knowledge of science, introspection and real-life experiences.

“Since 1947, kids have been making friends and memories at DEC environmental education camp,” said OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs.

“Today’s children are spending too much time inside. Our program is possible thanks in large part to donors who attended these camps. They, like us, want to spark the interest of our young people in nature and, ultimately, get kids outside more,” Youngs said.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a 501(c)3 membership group dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning. For the last 48 years, OCCA has played a key role in initiating and carrying out programs designed to improve and/or protect Otsego County’s water, land, and air, representing more than 800+ members and volunteers. Visit http://occainfo.org/ or call (607) 547-4488 for more information.

Cooperstown Central School: F. Tulip Bailey, Michael Crippen, Ray Hovis, Phoebe Jones, Reilly Mooney, Ian Quinn, Henry Wager, Brayden White.

Oneonta Middle School: Eva Barberio, Danielle Basdekis, Majesti Hamilton, Jacob Rei, Aaliyah Saunders, Mikayla Web.

Valleyview Elementary School: Brandon Gardner

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Darla M. Youngs, Executive Director
Otsego County Conservation Association, Inc.
Secretary, Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee
7207 State Highway 80, PO Box 931
Cooperstown, NY 13326
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Topic/Context

In 1947 General Motors asked its employees to take part in an essay contest with the title theme "Why I Like My Job" An astonishing 174,854 workers at GM answered the call and submitted their essays. Peter Drucker, who just a few years earlier had systematically studied the inner workings at General Motors and had thereby "invented" the discipline of management, was one of the five judges who evaluated the essays and eventually picked the 40 winners.


Our jobs, i.e. the way we conduct our work and our overall concept of work have changed significantly, even dramatically since 1947. Peter Drucker anticipated and observed these changes - like the rise of the knowledge worker, the emergence of the entrepreneurial society, and the increasing need to "manage oneself" - and described them in detail in books like "Landmarks of Tomorrow" (1959), "The Age of Discontinuity" (1969), "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" (1985), "Management Challenges for the 21st Century" (1999), and "Managing in the Next Society" (2002).

Questions

How will the nature of work and the workforce look like a few years or decades from now?

Will we still have the traditional corporations with their hierarchies providing the workplace for millions?
How will SME’s be configured?

Will all workers ultimately become knowledge workers?

In which environment will knowledge workers conduct business? Still at a desk at the office, or rather from home? Will they work for one or for several companies and organizations - in a mixture of jobs and parallel careers?

What will drive and motivate knowledge workers of tomorrow? A good pay? Or perhaps passion and purpose?

To what extent will the traditional "employee society" evolve into an "entrepreneurial society"?

Which will be the impact of these structural changes on companies, corporations and organizations and how can they best adapt?

What role will social entrepreneurs and the non-profit sector play in the future? What regulatory power will governments and trade unions ideally have? And how will the education sector and, last but not least, business schools change - and indeed have to change - to address the challenges of tomorrow?

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