Whitley Marshall from Green Initiatives, a nonprofit environmental group, traveled from Portland to Searsport District Middle School May 12 to speak to the eighth-graders who traveled to Augusta last week to attend the bill hearings on GMO labeling.

She spoke to students about genetically-modified plants and animals. She and the students had lively debates and conversations on a wide range of topics including cross pollinating, chemicals placed within genetically-modified plants, the collapse of bee colonies, dying off of butterflies and other related topics.

Mashall was invited to speak as part of the students' recent GMO research project.