Centennial High School senior Shreya Nalubola will be participating in the Run for the Bay 10K on Sunday, November 9th. The day before, she will be competing in the Maryland State Cross Country Championship, which she won in 2013.
UPDATE: Shreya placed 3rd in the Maryland girls state championship. Then during the Run for the Bay 10k placed 1st in her age group and 11th out of 9,662 women runners! Read more about Shreya's accomplishment last weekend on the CBF blog.
My name is Shreya Nalubola, and I am a senior at Centennial High School. On Sunday, November 9th, I will be joining thousands of others while running across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge as part of the 10K Across the Bay. I am running to represent the student leaders of our watershed, and to remind today’s adult leaders that we will inherit the Chesapeake legacy that they leave behind.
I have been involved with both student government and varsity cross country/track since my freshman year; last year, I won the Cross Country State Championship meet and earned a State Title. This year, the State meet is on November 8th, one day before the Bay Bridge race, and I am doing all that I can to maintain a strong State meet performance. I am thrilled with the idea of a “cupless” race that raises awareness about the environmentally-friendly actions that must be taken to preserve the Bay, and I cannot wait to help educate others and spread awareness through Sunday’s race!
In sixth grade, I attended a field trip with my classmates to the Chesapeake Bay, where we were able to experience and study it in-depth. The field trip made an impact on my young mind as we fished for crabs and oysters, convincing me of the importance of preserving the health of our ecosystem. This past spring, after taking a trip on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Skipjack Stanley Norman, I learned about the detrimental impact that humans continue to have on the Bay’s health, despite clear warning signs and the loss of wildlife.
I hope that events such as the Across the Bay 10K will continue to raise awareness about the problems that affect the watershed, including pollution, agricultural development, and deforestation. In the future, perhaps changes can be made and effort can be put into reducing pollution and restoring forest buffers in order to better support and protect the Chesapeake.