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Plattsmouth sixth grader Joslyn Stamp explains her award-winning project to EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler.

A Plattsmouth sixth-grader was awarded the President’s Environmental Youth Award for a project that recycles markers.

Joslyn Stamp, who started her project at her school in October 2017, collects permanent markers, highlighters and dry-erase markers from four schools, a library, a 4-H office, a local mom’s group and a day care. To date, Stamp has recycled more than 10,000 markers.

“Anyone can make a difference, you just have to start somewhere,” Stamp said. “You can start by recycling just one marker and you’ve saved a marker from going into a landfill.”

Stamp’s project was one of 17 recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday. The award recognizes K-12 students who tackle local environmental challenges to create sustainable solutions using initiative, creativity and problem-solving skills.

EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler and White House Council of Environmental Quality Chairman Mary Neumayr presented the award to Stamp in Washington, D.C.

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