Each year, MEEC comes together to honor and recognize High Desert teachers and students for their outstanding commitment to environmental and STEM education. Although we were unable to gather to celebrate their accomplishments, MEEC was pleased to honor these outstanding individuals.

MEEC recognized Susan Christina from Brentwood Elementary in Victorville as MEEC’s 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year.  MEEC also recognized Cathy Andre of Brentwood Elementary, Victorville and Terri Eddy, Maple Elementary, Hesperia as this year’s Teachers of Excellence.  In recognition of their dedication and hard work in fostering environmental awareness in the classroom, the teachers each received a cash prize, and plaque Winners were nominated by their principals, colleagues and community members and selected by MEEC’s Executive Board.

Four High Desert students have been recognized as MEEC Students of the Year in recognition of their commitment to promoting environmental awareness and positive change within their schools and communities.  The students were nominated by their teachers and principals for their efforts in environmental leadership and stewardship.  Each student received a trophy, a $60 check and a $60 Staples gift card. The 2019-2020 Students of the Year are: Alyson Carrillo-Polanco, Brentwood Elementary, Victorville; Bethany Macias, Melva Davis Academy, Adelanto; Alexis Ollick, Daisy Gibson School, Palmdale; Natalie Ortiz, George Visual and Performing Arts, Adelanto.



Bethany Macias




Natalie Ortiz





Alyson Carrillo-Polanco





Five recipients have been awards MEEC’s High School Environmental/Science Scholarship.  Each recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship towards their educational goals of pursuing a career in environmental science, engineering or closely related field. This years recipients are: Valentina Costarelli, Quartz Hill High School Lancaster; Melody Hines, Barstow High School, Barstow; Yuna Oh, Apple Valley High School, Apple Valley; Haley Ramstorf, Yucca Valley high School, Yucca Valley; Nesha Subramaniam, Apple Valley High School, Apple Valley

July 8, 2020

Educators and Teachers Honored for Environmental Excellence

Each year, MEEC comes together to honor and recognize High Desert teachers and students for their outstanding commitment to environmental and STEM education. Although we were […]
March 17, 2020

UPDATE (3/23/2020) : A message to our MEEC community on COVID-19

MEEC COVID-19 UPDATE (3/23/2020)- The mandate has been ordered for all California residents to “stay at home.” This is a necessary precaution to further curb the […]
March 4, 2020

“Plastic Pandemic” Essay Winners Announced

On March 3, 2020, winners of the Mojave Environmental Education Consortium’s (MEEC) and The High Desert Power Project essay contest, along with their families and friends […]
February 20, 2020

“California Wildfires” Essay Contest

Frequent wildfires are part of California’s history. Many of its ecosystems, from the chaparral of Southern California to the northern pine forests, evolved to burn frequently. […]
January 16, 2020

Seeking Nominations for 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year

MEEC is proud to once again sponsor its annual MEEC “Teacher of the Year” Awards for the 2019-2020 School Year.  Three winners will be selected to […]
January 8, 2020

2019-2020 High School Scholarship Opportunity

The Mojave Environmental Education Consortium is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 Environmental Science and Engineering Scholarship Program. To be eligible students must declare a major in Environmental […]
January 7, 2020

2019-2020 MEEC Environmental Students of the Year Awards

MEEC is proud to sponsor its MEEC Annual “Students of the Year” Awards for the 2019-2020 School Year.  Each Student of the Year recipient will receive […]
January 6, 2020

The Plastic Pandemic Essay Contest

The Plastic Pandemic Essay Contest Presented by: High Desert Power Project   Take a quick look around. Once to the left. And then to the right. […]
December 9, 2019

Outstanding Environmental Science Fair Judinging Available

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, the Mojave Environmental Education Consortium and the Mojave Desert Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association invite your […]
September 5, 2019

School Garden Grant Application Period Now Open

MEEC is accepting proposals for environmental school gardens.  School garden funds provide basic tools necessary to start or sustain a school garden project.  Suitable projects may […]