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State Honoree

Jodi Harper


Jodi Harper, Grand Island Northwest High School, has dedicated herself to educating others about groundwater protection. After extensive research, she tested her town's water supply and her neighbors' private wells. In the past four years, she has presented her findings and information to the governor, a seminar at Wesleyan University and to more than 3,000 elementary school students at the state Children's Groundwater Festival.

"The most important skill I developed was being able to communicate with people, both on a one­ to-one basis and as an effective speaker to an audience."