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The 2008-09 edition of the Lexus Eco Challenge is over and high school teams from Illinois and Florida have captured the top $50,000 prizes. The competition is open to teams of middle and high school students nationwide and is intended to encourage them to get involved in projects that help the environment. Teams have to design projects and put them into action. The grand prize winners each receive $50,000 of scholarships and grants for their respective schools.

A pair of student teams from opposite ends of the country, both literally and figuratively, have won the Lexus Environmental Challenge. A pair of $75,000 grand prizes are going to a team of 6th graders from Academy 1 Middle School in Jersey City, NJ and a group of high school students from W.R. Farrington High School in Honolulu. The New Jersey team's project involved teaching other students in the city about the dangers of dumping trash in the oceans. They also stenciled storm drains near all