SOMERS, N.Y. -- You can't change the past, but you can change the future.
Such is the mantra of Julia Schmidberger, a fourth grader at Somers Intermediate School who came up with the slogan and put it to paper, entering her project in Senator Terrence Murphy's 2017 Earth Day Poster Contest for grades K-6.
Schmidberger's entry, which also encompassed the contest's theme, "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle," was chosen as this year's winner.
"Congratulations, Julia, for creating a poster that truly captured the message of this year's contest," said Senator Murphy. "All of our student contestants are to be commended for their creativity and originality.
"Their posters clearly conveyed their concern for the ecological future of our planet. I also want to thank their teachers and families who inspired the students and continue to support their thirst for knowledge."
"I am so proud that Julia took the time to enter the contest and that Earth Day inspired such a wonderful project," said Stacey Elconin, Principal for Somers Intermediate School. "You can see from the end result that Julia is invested in saving the planet and put a great deal of thought into her poster."
"I feel so positive and proud that I won," said Schmidberger. "I worked really hard on this and my mom helped me so much, so I am dedicating my win to her."