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Newsmaker: Jess Friss

Bob Bauder
| Monday, June 27, 2016, 11:48 p.m.
Pittsburgh City Council honored Jess Friss, 18, of Mt. Washington, with a proclamation in recognition of her work building a rain garden in Emerald View Park.
Pittsburgh City Council honored Jess Friss, 18, of Mt. Washington, with a proclamation in recognition of her work building a rain garden in Emerald View Park.

Noteworthy: Pittsburgh City Council honored Friss with a proclamation recognizing her for building a rain garden at the beginning of a trail in Mt. Washington's Emerald View Park. The rain garden helped stop trail erosion from stormwater.

Age: 18

Residence: Mt. Washington.

Family: Mother, Deb; father, Ray; and a brother, Jason, 20.

Education: She is a graduate of City Charter High School and is pursuing an environmental science degree at Robert Morris University in Moon with a minor in economics.

Background: Friss has been a Girl Scout since 2004. In May, she received the National Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award bestowed upon Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts. She works for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy as a camp counselor.

Quote: “I was really honored to receive this proclamation, but it took more than just me. I was surprised to see how the community was able to come together and help out with my rain garden. Really, I couldn't have done it by myself.”

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