Newburgh School Wins "Changemaker Challenge"
EVANSVILLE - A high school team from Newburgh won the first-ever High School Changemaker Challenge Thursday at the University of Evansville. Castle High School beat teams from 11 other schools to take first place.
The teams' objective was to solve local, national or global challenges. Castle High School's team addressed the lack of Wi-Fi and electricity at parks and outdoor locations. By winning first place, the team members will each receive a full-tuition scholarship to UE each year for four years.
Mater Dei High School in Evansville took second place with their presentation, which focused on homelessness among all demographics in Vanderburgh County. New Tech Institute in Evansville won third place; their presentation looked at the issue of veterans who suffer with PTSD and related mental illnesses, along with the awareness of said illnesses. North High School in Evansville took fourth place with their presentation with addressed the problem of bullying.
The university says the second, third, and fourth place team members also receive scholarships. The teams were judged on several criteria, including identification of a need, innovation, feasibility and potential impact, how self-sustaining the solution is and effectiveness of the presentation.