South Junior Lara Breithaupt Wins Global Project Green Challenge
Bloomington High School South Junior Lara Breithaupt Wins Global Project Green Challenge
Congratulations to Bloomington High School South junior Lara Breithaupt on winning the Project Green Challenge. She outperformed over 6000 high school, college, and graduate students across the globe in a 30-day challenge in October designed to test the participants on their commitment and knowledge on environmental topics. This year, there were 742 schools and 6012 students in 49 states and 56 countries participating. The thirteen finalists were flown to San Francisco to participate in presentations and group projects to determine the winner. As a part of Lara's prize package, she received environmentally friendly products and foods along with $5000 to help in accomplishing a sustainability project or continued education. Lara spent over three hours a day during October to commit to the challenge.
Lara describes a presentation made to her class, "One of my favorite activities was giving a talk on the justice of climate change to around 50 of my peers. This topic encompasses the debate of who is to blame or who should pay for the effects of climate change. I was able to provoke meaningful conversation in the group about the issues surrounding this problem. Many of the students said they were willing to step up and take the initiative."
Bloomington High School South as a school placed 17th, out of 742 high schools and colleges, in total points during the challenge.
In asking Lara about what is next for her and the environment, she said, "I want to study physics in college. Before this challenge, I thought that environmentalism and physics were on two separate sides of the STEM spectrum. After going through the finals process and listening to all of these different speakers from across the world in different fields of study, I learned that I could combine my passion of environmentalism into a career in physics."
About the Project Green Challenge:
Beginning on October 1, 2019, Project Green Challenge (PGC) seeks to inform, inspire and mobilize high school, college, and grad school students globally. This powerful and diverse call to action features 30 days of environmentally–themed challenges. PGC aims to touch lives, shift mindsets, and equip students with knowledge, resources, and mentorship to lead change on campuses and communities worldwide.
Through conscious living, informed consumption, and individual and collective action, PGC participants are challenged to envision and work toward a healthy, just, and thriving planet.
Since launching in 2011, PGC has built a movement of young leaders, engaging over 40,000 students directly and tens of millions indirectly on 4,000 campuses, 50 states, and 56 countries. Find out more at https://projectgreenchallenge.com.
About the Monroe County Community School Corporation:
The Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) is an Indiana Department of Education “A” Corporation. MCCSC serves nearly 11,000 students from diverse populations in 23 schools. MCCSC is a leader in STEM and EARTH curricula, encompasses a Performing Arts Academy, International Baccalaureate schools, Dual Immersion programs, multiple Career Pathways, a Career Center, as well as numerous College Credit opportunities to prepare students towards college and career readiness. Our commitment, as we educate tomorrow’s leaders, is to Engage, Empower, and Educate all students in a world-class learning environment empowering them to maximize their educational success in becoming productive, responsible global citizens.