Sussex Technical High School’s student chapter of Ducks Unlimited was recently honored at the Delaware Ducks Unlimited awards banquet in Dover with the Wood Duck award, honoring the students’ fundraising and committee growth.
Earlier this year, Sussex Tech students netted more than $13,000 for wildlife conservation efforts through its annual fundraising dinner held at Mango’s in Bethany Beach – an incredible amount for a student group, said Ducks Unlimited Regional Director Ben Vaughn.
“This money is going to go straight for conservation of wetlands and wildfowl,” Vaughn said. “Every year, Sussex Tech outdoes themselves, and this year was an especially good effort – they have a great group of students who have proved their dedication to conservation.”
Chapter president Quinn Humes, a senior from Milford, said the group works hard every year to support wildlife conservation.
“It’s hard work, but it’s a labor of love for many of us,” Humes said. “We love the outdoors and wildlife, and know how important it is to preserve that for future generations. A little money goes a long way.”
Sussex Tech is home to Delaware’s first high school Ducks Unlimited chapter. Over the years, students have volunteered at the Greenwing event, led a national seminar on starting a DU chapter, and helped with numerous other community service projects.
Current student committee members are Quinn and Wesley Humes of Milford; Brett Castiglione and Cole Fluharty of Lewes; Regan Sammons and Colleen Cosbey of Seaford; Seth Layfield of Georgetown; and Jack Morris and Liam Garrison of Milton. Chapter advisors are electronics teacher Anthony Carmen and science teacher Vincent Colombo.