The Westhampton Garden Club has awarded its Annual $2000 Scholarship to Skye McMorris, a senior at Hampton Bays High School and the daughter of Eleni and David McMorris. Skye has been admitted to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she will be in a BioTap Genetic Program that only accepts 45 students. Her passion for science developed as a member of the HBHS Science Research Program, where she is currently studying the settlement and metamorphosis of an invasive species of marine invertebrate under the supervision of a University of New Hampshire professor.
Growing up with a family that used environmentally responsible practices in their garden and while kayaking through nearby waterways, Skye has a commitment to conservation, especially locally. She participates in the Shinnecock Restoration which seeds clams in order to restore shellfish population, with the bivalves also acting as natural filters to reduce nitrogen levels in the water. Sky also has volunteered with the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program assisting in some of the local research projects for coastal restoration.
“Part of the Westhampton Garden Club’s mission statement is to promote the conservation of native plants, woodlands, open space and waterways, “notes WGC Scholarship Chair Diane Stewart. “So we were very impressed with Skye’s understanding that we can all address environmental issues locally as a contribution to larger efforts. We welcome graduating seniors with an interest in fields related to horticulture and conservation to apply for the WGC scholarship in 2021.”