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An Ithaca High School volunteer for Cornell’s Elephant Listening Project at the Lab of Ornithology has won first prize in a national essay contest.

Michelle Jang, 16, was a winner of the Humane Education Networks’ “A Voice for Animals” essay contest. Her essay, “Road to Extinction: Confinement of Roads,” was chosen from more than 8,000 high school student entries and addresses threats elephants face and some of the complex issues surrounding their conservation.

Jang’s knowledge of these issues stems from her training at the Elephant Listening Project where she volunteers as a sound analyst. She has identified thousands of elephant calls from recordings generated by automated recording units set up in African parks to monitor and understand elephant behavior.

–Krishna Ramanujan

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