Baldwin County students win $10,000

A group of Oak Hill Middle School seventh-graders in Baldwin County won $10,000 recently in a competition aimed at improving the environment.

Seventh-grade science teacher Chuck Claxton said some of his students saw an advertisement in Scholastic Magazine about a contest sponsored by Lexus and Scholastic called Lexus Eco Challenge.

Students were to create a regional plan to promote cleaner waterways. Ten 13-year-olds volunteered to pick up trash during fall break around Lake Sinclair and the Oconee River. Students also had an educational booth set up at the Sweetwater Festival in Milledgeville.

They also posted a video on the Web site YouTube called “Sinclair Critters say no more litter.” The group was among eight middle-school finalists nationally. Students got to keep $7,000 of the prize, $1,000 went to their classroom and $2,000 to their school.