As information becomes more and more accessible, younger generations are taking notice of the strain on our environment. Whether it be viral news stories that spread through social media or research that results from their genuine interests, young students are expanding their knowledge and understanding of environmental conservation. In Hendersonville, North Carolina, there’s one Girl Scout whose research shocked her, and she decided to take matters into her own hands.
13-year-old Isabella Conway has always had a passion for art and the environment, and loves the nature prominent in Hendersonville. Recently, Isabella decided to pursue the Girl Scout’s Silver Award — the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette or Senior can earn. Isabella explains that the award is an “opportunity to show that we are leaders who are organized, determined, and dedicated to improving our community.”
Isabella resolved to combine her two loves, art and the environment, and create a message for her community about environmental conservation. She teamed up Hendersonville’s Stormwater Administrator Michael Huffman to develop a plan to paint murals on the local rainwater cisterns at Patton Park.
After formulating an official proposal with the help of Huffman and Human Resources Coordinator Lu Ann Welter, Isabella presented her idea at the Hendersonville City Council meeting on November 5, 2020. In her presentation Isabella explained, “We want to educate the community about protecting and preserving the environment through art… Henderson County has beautiful parks and rivers and it is very important to us to preserve these resources for everyone to enjoy.”
Naturally, Isabella won the committee over and quickly began working on actualizing her project.
From researching water conservation to formulating her proposal to painting the final concept, Isabella spent over 50 hours on this project. Her two murals depict the connection between mountain headwater streams and the ocean, with a message that reads: “From Mountains to Sea — Protect Water Quality.”
“This project is a great example of a community member taking time to invest back into their community,” said Huffman. “Isabella has provided an amenity that will be enjoyed for years to come.” Thanks for all the hard work Isabella, we all hope you earn that Silver Award!Whizzco