Vestal Gas Coalition Conducts Essay Contest - Another Winner

The Vestal Gas Coalition recently held an essay contest on natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale, sponsored in part by EID Marcellus. The result was some very thoughtful examinations of the opportunities and needs surrounding natural gas development in our region. The winning essay was reported here. This is Part II.

We noted in our earlier post that the Vestal Gas Coalition decided to sponsor a scholarship for seniors at Vestal High School this year. Students were asked to submit an essay as on “How will natural gas development impact the Southern Tier and Vestal?” as part of our mission to foster fact-based education on natural gas development, based on criteria consistent with a college level research paper.

Once again, these were the results; third place in the amount of $400 was presented to Geno Rocco, the 2nd place award of $900 was presented to Connor McKercher, and Saiema Alam was the recipient of the 1st place VGC Scholarship in the amount of $1,200.

Saiema’s essay was published two weeks ago and here is the essay offered by Connor McKercher, a Nazareth College business student:

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