Cassandra Houghton received the Earth Hero Award from King County on April 25th. The Earth Heroes at School Program celebrates King County students, teachers, staff, and volunteers who implement projects at their school or beyond to protect our environment. Cassandra received the special recognition – Committee’s Choice for "exceptional work as described by their nominators”. Out of the 29 Earth Heroes for 2013, only 3 (2 students and one teacher) received special recognition.
As a member of her school’s Sustainability Ambassadors since her sophomore year and currently as club president, Cassandra Houghton has helped Tahoma High School reach Level Two of the King County Green Schools Program. She has also worked on storm water issues for the City of Maple Valley and the district-wide Waste-Free Wednesday project. Cassandra has also been key in securing an $80,000 State Farm Youth Grant that is funding a variety of stormwater green infrastructure projects at many of the Tahoma campuses that will be used in teaching and learning as well as helping to mitigate stormwater runoff. Cassandra is an amazing Tahoma Senior who plan to pursue a career in an area of sustainability.