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2002 - Youth Awards - 16-18 years old - Trenton Frederick of Broken Arrow

Trent Frederick is not only a young man with a creative vision; he also is an environmentalist of the first order. Worried about the animals whose habitat was being destroyed by a street widening project, this 4-H’er first sought and got a tree-planting grant for a thousand-square-foot area, then used it and his own wildlife survey to secure listings as an Oklahoma Certified Wildscape and a National Backyard Wildlife Habitat.

The ambitious young man didn’t stop there. For each of nine consecutive months, he conducted an activity to advance his newly named 4-H Trail of Dreams Outdoor Classroom. By June, his Broken Arrow classroom consisted of 10 plots, each cleverly related to a 4-H area. A total of about 50 native Oklahoma plants are wonderfully presented.

The judges said they were blown away by his independence and work ethic. We happily concur that TRENT FREDERICK AND HIS URBAN WILDLIFE REFUGE IS GOOD NEWS FOR OKLAHOMA’S URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL NEEDS!