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Middle School Winners

Hydration for Education

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Louisa Fowler, Chloe Osborn, Masha Velikanov and Paulina Fenske

Shorewood Intermediate School
Shorewood, WI

A Woman of Worth

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Alexis Hu, Maggie Claussen, Alexa Baldauff and Mila Thelen

Shorewood Intermediate School
Shorewood, WI

High School Winners

Child Marriage: There Is a Solution

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Ramya Iyer

Westside High School
Omaha, NE

Women’s Education

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Thalia Kennedy

Lane Technical College Preparatory High School
Chicago, IL

Help Our Girls Help Our World

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Lily Forman

Columbia High School
South Orange, NJ

Knowledge Strengthens the World

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Shanuki Wickremasinghe

Walnut High School
Walnut, CA

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High School

Kendra Billman, One Girl at a Time
Compass Academy, Idaho Falls, ID

Maison Jobe, Water and Women
Brainerd Senior High School, Brainerd, MN

Caroline Davidson, Girls Save the World: How Women’s Rights Will End Overpopulation
Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Highlands, NJ

Hannah Muse, Educating Women
Nauset Regional High School, Eastham, MA

Kayla Frank, Turning Home-Work into Homework
McNeil High School, Austin, TX

Claire Hanke, Women’s Rights
Piedmont High School, Piedmont, CA

Middle School

Lily Patterson, Women Hold Up Half the Sky
Challenger K-8 School of Science and Math, Spring Hill, FL

Mahathi Yathiraju, Why pick on the WOMEN?
Wismer Public School, Ontario, CA

Lily Peck, Don’t Sideline Me
Chico Junior High School, Chico, CA

Gabriela Sanchez, Educate Girls!
Benjamin Franklin Middle School, Teacneck, NJ

Contest Judges

Ali Mohamed Abbas AhmedSecretary General, Sudanese Population Network
Mary Barbara AlexanderActress/Activist/Farmer, Former Board Member of Population Connection
Benjamin AlexandroWater Policy Advocate, Maryland League of Conservation Voters
Sandeep BathalaExecutive Director, Edna Adan Hospital Foundation
Ginny BeauregardEnvironmental Educator, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Population Connection, Project Wet
Colleen BeckCEO, Seed Aquaponics, LLC
Jillian BieberInstructional Specialist, School District of Manatee County
Dr. Leslie Rebecca BloomProfessor, Roosevelt University
Gretchen BorcheltVice President for Reproductive Rights and Health, National Women's Law Center
Emily BoveExecutive Director, Women Thrive Alliance
Rebecca BratterExecutive Director, US Dry Bean Council
Hartwell CarsonFrench Broad Riverkeeper, MountainTrue
Donna ChapaEarth Science and Physical Science Teacher, Princess Anne Middle School
Terri ClarkEducation Specialist, Chattanooga Zoo
Diana ColeHigh School Science Teacher, Capital Area School for the Arts Charter School
Angelina CollazoDirector, Programs, Teach For America
Katie CrossmanProject Manager, Global Cities, The Nature Conservancy
Charles DabritzTeacher-Librarian, Lyman C. Hunt Middle School
Lauren D'AmbrosioHigh School Science Teacher, University High School
Denis DeanNature Educator, Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists
Ranae DeSantisBoard of Directors, Acterra and Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
Dr. Anushka DrescherEnvironmental Activist and Youth Educator, Transition Earth
Robert EngelmanSenior Fellow, Worldwatch and Population Institutes
Dr. Karen N. EvansAssistant Chair for Teacher Education and Educational Leadership, University of West Florida
Dr. James GerberCo-Director, Global Landscapes Initiative, University of Minnesota
Lauren GerigDoctoral Candidate, Mills College
Stacy GraisonDirector of Education, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Chris HeltneVP of Engagement, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
Steve HollingworthPresident, Grameen Foundation
Dr. Eric Holt-GimenezExecutive Director, Institute for Food and Development Policy-Food First
Joan HouricanEducation Consultant
Cynthia HubachSustainability Consultant, Hubach and Associates
Carl HutzlerIT Professional, Photographer, CDH Creative
Joyce JohnsonProducer of Mother: Caring for 7 Billion, Tiroir A Films Productions
Sharon KinseyCamden County 4-H Agent/Associate Professor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Rutgers University
Michella KippesGateway to Technology Teacher, Hughes Academy
Kelly KorenakTeacher, Curriculum Developer, Northshore Community College
Ryan KuckExecutive Director, Greensgrow
Dr. Joan KwakoProfessor, University of Minnesota Duluth
Carrianne B. McClellanMedia Coordinator, Cumberland County Schools
Nancy MiliziaRetired, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
Laura S. MinorAdjunct Faculty Member, Masters in Public Health Program, University of Connecticut
Alice P. NeuhauserFIlm Executive, Complete Rights Management
Hannah O'MalleyEducation Coordinator, Disney's Animals, Science and Environment
Diana L. Payne, Ph.D.Education Coordinator, University of Connecticut/Connecticut Sea Grant
Clovis C. Perry, Jr.Associate Professor, Bluegrass Community and Technical College
David PhillipsExecutive Director, Earth Island Institute
Fraidy ReissFounder/Executive Director, Unchained At Last
Kathleen RoccoEducation Specialist, Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District
Ms. Karen RoosEnvironmental Educator, Greenbelt Conservancy
Dr. DawnElla M. RustHealth Science Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University
Kisha Semenuk, MSN, RNNurse Patient Safety Specialist, Nurse Advocate
Jeremy ShererFilmmaker, Parallel 40 Productions
Sonya StejskalAdjunct Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Past President of the Nebraska State Council for Social Studies
Dr. Glenn StoneProfessor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
Emilee SyrewiczeExecutive Director, Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation
Andrew TranMiddle School Science, Science Department Chair, McLean School of Maryland
Dr. Janet VailResearch Scientist, Grand Valley State University Annis Water Resources Institute
Dr. Rob VosDirector Markets, Trade and Institutions, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Mr. H.Keli WambuaProgram Coordinator, Pambazuko Partners
Ed WilcoxWatershed Research and Extension Associate, Kentucky State University


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