High School Junior Wins Leesburg’s Tolbert Award

A junior at Riverside High School and the Academies of Loudoun is this year’s winner of the John W. Tolbert, Jr. Environmental Achievement Award.

Leesburg resident Tycho Svoboda was presented the award by the town’s Environmental Advisory Commission in recognition ofhis efforts in the “Virginia Save our Streams” program as a certified stream monitor, collecting samples at several stream sites in Leesburg including Tuscarora and Goose creeks. He also conducts regular training for other volunteers.

In 2019, as part of a high school project, Svoboda developed a mobile app to automatically analyze the water quality data. It also helped to streamline data collection and data entry into the statewide database, making stream monitoring easier, quicker, and more accurate. As a result, Svoboda won the 2019 Congressional App Challenge representing the state of Virginia.

“The EAC recognizes Tycho for his long-term service and impactful work in protecting water quality in Leesburg and Virginia,” Commission Chairman Jennifer Chu said. “He has donated countless hours and technological expertise to enhance and improve the stream monitoring program.”

Svoboda was presented with the award during Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.

The Tolbert award annually recognizes students, community groups, and individuals that conduct or participate in activities that benefit the town’s environment.


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