Stella Bowles receives “young heroes” prize

The Lunenburg County teenager who led the charge to clean up the South Shore's LaHave River is one of 25 young people to win a $5,000 cash award from an American organization.

Stella Bowles, 13, has been named a winner of the 2017 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes.

Every year the organization selects 25 "inspiring, public-spirited young people from across North America who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment," a news release stated.

Bowles was selected for her work in researching fecal contamination in the LaHave River, prompting the Canadian government to allocate $15.7 million toward cleaning up the waterway.

"I've learned that kids do have the power to make change, and I'm just getting started," Bowles said in the release.

Author T.A. Barron founded the prize in 2001.

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