Mari Copeny Award

Mari Copeny Award
Posted on 04/29/2020
GREENWICH, NEWARK, AND FLINT -- The Greenwich-based organization WICC, or the Water Insecurity Correction Coalition, on Tuesday announced the six winners of the Mari Copeny Award and Scholarship.

Mari Copeny, a 12-year-old activist from Michigan, is popularly known as “Little Miss Flint” for her community leadership and fight for clean water for her fellow Flint, Michigan residents, who have been in the midst of a lead water crisis for six years now. The award put out by WICC for graduating high school seniors is meant to honor Mari’s legacy as a dedicated social justice warrior and encourage community involvement and leadership in young adults.
The Greenwich Region’s winners were Taina Cox and Katia Moore, both soon-graduates from Hamady High School.

senior winner
senior winner

Applicants were asked to show how they were involved in their own communities, how they were a leader, and how they fought for social justice. The award went to two seniors from the three regions the award is offered, including Greenwich New York, the home-base of WICC and the hometown of WICC’s founder Annabel Gregg, Flint Michigan, and Newark New Jersey, where a similar lead water crisis has been ongoing for almost as long as Flint. Each award winner also receives a $100 cash scholarship.

Taina Cox gives back to her community by helping to feed the homeless and handing out clean water to others impacted by the Flint water crisis. Taina talks about how the crisis has impacted her personally, and how she can’t use the water in her home to shower without her skin breaking out.

Katia Moore cannot use the water in her home either. In her essay, she emphasizes the importance of being a positive role model in your community, and believes “it is very important to have the skill of community, leadership, and fighting for social justice in your life.” Katia is also the captain of the cheerleading squad at her high school.
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