Zach Kostechko, Orcas Island

Zach Kostechko

Zack Kostechko
Orcas Island
2014 Stewardship Award Winner: Youth Stewardship Category

This graduating senior contributed a total of 66 volunteer hours with the Orcas Youth Conservation Corps (OYCC) last summer. Not only did he set an excellent example for other students through his hard work and courteous manner, he was also quick to help younger workers and encourage them to work harder.

Zack also volunteered in several other capacities. He served as a cadet last year for the Orcas Volunteer Fire Department, helped plan and install the demonstration rain garden project in the parking lot of Ray’s Pharmacy to mitigate stormwater runoff, and spent hours during and after school helping to install Stormwater Rainwater decals on the storm drains in Eastsound.

It is clear that this Orcas High School graduate cares about the environment and wants to make a difference. He is knowledgeable about environmental issues, and has worked hard to effect change. “I like doing physical work, building things and being outdoors,” he said. “I want to make the island look better.”