Award Recipient


Advanced Dive Training Grant - Recreational, sponsored by WDHOF Member Bonnie Toth

Elise Foot Puchalski

Elise learned to dive at age 12 in Puget Sound, Washington, and now at 15 she studies the ocean with the eyes of a scientist and photographer. The ocean is her second home and diving is how she explores its mysteries. Currently a STEM-focused HS student who has conducted research on factors in plankton growth, Elise wants to become a marine biologist equipped for underwater research. This WDHOF grant will help Elise complete a specialized scientific diving course for teens. She aims to help people around the world understand the ocean better. Elise also plays lacrosse, runs cross-country, skis, paints, and bakes awesome cookies for her scuba team.

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