Urban Sprawl: An Expanding Problem
1st Place



2017 High School Winners

2017 Rapid Urbanization


By: Emily Phillips and Elizabeth Langer

Piedmont High School
Piedmont, California


Emily Phillips and Elizabeth Langer are both seniors at Piedmont High School and they created their video as an assignment in their AP Environmental Science class. They chose to focus their video on rapid urbanization because they were interested in learning more about the topic.

The duo used the assignment as a creative outlet since they are both artistically inclined. Emily had prior experience with filmmaking and has even attended filmmaking camps at Chapman University. They decided to give stop-motion filmmaking a try and incorporated toys in their video to bring a light hearted element to an otherwise serious topic.

The two seniors have exciting plans post-graduation. They’ll spend their summer traveling across Europe and plan to put their prize money towards Eurail passes. After their summer travels, Emily will head south to attend Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she plans to study film production, while Lizzie is headed across the pond to the University of Edinburgh to study English Literature.


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