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Newsmakers: Lance Jubic and Tyler Umstead

Lance Jubic (left) of Allegheny, Westmoreland County; and Tyler Umstead of Prospect, Butler County, won one of the 2013 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. The Westminster College students created a website, https://sites.google.com/site/lawrencecountyallarm/, that allows people who monitor deep-shale gas drilling to share water quality data and watch for contaminants from drilling.

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Noteworthy: Jubic and Umstead won one of the 2013 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. They created a website, https://sites.google.com/site/lawrencecountyallarm/, that allows people who monitor deep-shale gas drilling to share water quality data and watch for contaminants from drilling.

Age: Jubic is 20 and Umstead is 21.

Residence: Jubic is from Allegheny, Westmoreland County, and Umstead is from Prospect, Butler County.

Occupation: Both are chemistry majors at Westminster College. Umstead is a summer intern doing quality control inspections at the Sonneborn laboratory in Petrolia, Butler County.

Education: Jubic graduated from Kiski Area High School in 2011. Umsted graduated from Slippery Rock High School in 2010.

Background: Jubic is a member of the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring and Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society. He won best oral presentation at Westminster's 2012 Student Symposium on the Environment. Umstead is also a member of the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring, as well as his school's Chemistry Club, Sierra Student Coalition, Interdisciplinary Science Association and Science in Motion. He is an Eagle Scout.

Quote: Jubic: “Because this is exploding so rapidly it really is tough for people to catch up with this information. It's in their area before they even know how it works or what the impacts are. So it's really important for us to educate people in a timely manner so they can make the best decisions for themselves and for their entire community.”

Umstead: “You learn a lot of things in your classroom, but to be able to implement it in your community for a purpose beyond a grade is really cool.”

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