Creekview Student Making a Difference for the Environment!!
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Isabelle Knott’s senior project/research was based around the question “Do Plastics in the Ocean Negatively Impact Marine Life”. Her sculpture is a life-size model of a Leatherback Sea Turtle. As you will see, it is filled with plastics in an attempt to drive home the point of reducing plastic waste to help improve ocean ecology and minimize the dangers to marine life. She also gave her judges a steel water bottle (pictured) and challenged them to become part of the solution by not using plastic bottles.
Isabelle will attend Eckerd College, in St. Petersburg, Florida this fall where she will pursue her passions which include the study of shark populations, and the impact of plastics and other pollutants on marine ecology.
The sculpture is going to be adopted by US Fish and Wildlife Services, to aid in their education efforts. On hand from the National Wildlife Refuge System of the Southeast Region will be Dave Gonzalez (see his full title below). I suspect several of Isabelle’s teachers will be in attendance, likely Cindy Humphlett, her Honors Advanced Composition teacher and Mary Panic, her Astronomy teacher, as well as her Principal, Dr. Merges. We have also invited her Senior Project Facilitators, Tracy McLay who is a Marine Biologist. Ms. McLay once worked with Orchas with the Sea World organization and was a member of the team who relocated the whale Keiko from Mexico, subject of the movie Free Willie. Isabelle’s other facilitator was Tracy Foster, an accomplished local artist, who supported Isabelle with artistic design guidance.