2017 Suozzo Scholarship Awarded to Lucy Barrett

The Friends of Five Rivers is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2017 Suozzo Award. Lucy Barrett received the award at the 2017 Bethlehem Central High School awards ceremony in May.

The award was presented to Lucy by Rebecca Beiter on behalf of the Friends of Five Rivers. The Friends of was pleased to present this award to an accomplished student with a strong commitment to nature and the environment. Lucy was described by her Science/Research Teacher as having a “passion for learning, the outdoors, and humanity.” This quality is exemplified by her community involvement. Lucy is highly involved in environmental education and conservation and has worked with a diverse number of groups including Parks and Trails New York, Pine Hollow Arboretum, Hudson Rail Trail, and the Student Conservation Association.

Lucy will attend Clark University where she plans to pursue a degree in Environmental Design and Urban Planning.

About the Wendy Suozzo Memorial Award

The Wendy Suozzo Memorial Award was established by the Friends of Five Rivers in 2009 and is granted to a graduating senior student or students at Bethlehem Central High School.

About Wendy Suozzo

Wendy Repass Suozzo was a lifelong educator with a deep and heartfelt passion for nature. She was known for her compassionate spirit, cheerful attitude and the positive impact she had on all those whom she touched. Wendy spent her entire life sharing lessons in inspiration and aspiration.

Wendy’s love of nature led her to a long and productive career as an environmental educator at Cape Cod (MA) National Seashore, Sharon (CT) Audubon Center, Capital Region (NY) BOCES, and the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center. Most recently, as a program coordinator for the Friends of Five Rivers, Wendy was able to teach students about all the wonderful mysteries of the environment. She devoted tremendous energy to the Five Rivers’ educational programs, successfully sharing her love of nature with both children and adults alike. Wendy’s dedication and respect for the natural world serves as a worthy model for all of us.