Nonnewaug student creates own path to success

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Nonnewaug student creates own path to success

BY STEVE BIGHAM REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

 

WOODBURY — A Nonnewaug High School student is looking to build a pathway behind her school to create better access for students and teachers to the nearby Nonnewaug River for hands-on learning.

Amelia Pillis, a Nonnewaug High School student from Watertown, is looking to build a pathway behind the Woodbury school to create better access for students and teachers to the nearby Nonnewaug River for hands-on learning. Contributed/Woodbury FFA Chapter

 

Amelia Pillis, a member of Scout Troop 6 in Middlebury, proposed her Eagle Scout project to the Region 14 Board of Education on Tuesday. She said the approximately 60-foot pathway would be behind the school’s baseball and softball fields, and provide a safe way to traverse the somewhat steep area.

The path would feature steps made from logs, inspired by a similar design along the Appalachian Trail. The walkway also would have a bridge to cross a runoff gully that floods about every five years.

Pillis, a senior from Watertown, said students often use the area to access the river and her path will provide a safer route.

The proposed project is scheduled to go before the Woodbury Inland Wetlands Commission this fall.

Board members said they support the idea but want to ensure all safety and regulation measures are addressed before approving it.

Pillis is enrolled in the agriscience program at Nonnewaug High School, with a focus on veterinary science. She is a member of the school’s swim team and an editor for the quarterly newsletter, “The FFA Times.”

Pillis spends her summers working at Camp Mattatuck, where she teaches kids about nature, wildlife and resourceful ways to use material in nature.