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Day 2 – Student Summit

Day 2
Student Summit

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Session Description

In this session, students in grades K-12 will share their views and suggestions about environmental sustainability and topics such as clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, responsibility consumption and production, climate action and life below water and on land. The top finalists will share their entry by answering the question: What steps are you taking to promote environmental sustainability? At the end of the evening, the winner of each grade group will be announced.

Itinerary for Tuesday

7:00 – 7:05 p.m. Welcome
7:05 – 7:35 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Hana Begovic
7:35 – 8:15 p.m. Finalists Present
8:15 – 8:30 p.m. Award Winners Announced & Closing Comments

Keynote Speaker

Hana BegovicHana Begovic (She/Her) is from Sweden with Bosnian roots and is a multilingual storyteller with the intention to amplify youth leadership in Earth-based practices and actions. She is a dedicated and empathic person with a deep interest in Earth Jurisprudence, narrative, and embodied culture. She strives to question and challenge the status quo by exploring creative ways of advancing the rights of Nature movement. Hana holds a degree in Global Studies, a program uniting peace and development, human rights, gender studies, globalization, and social anthropology. Hana is a member of the United Nations Harmony with Nature Knowledge Network. One of her favorite quotes, guiding her is: “Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

Watch the Presentation

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K-12 Student Essay/Video Competition, “What Steps Are You Taking to Promote Environmental Sustainability?”

Call for Entries (Submissions ended February 7, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST)

K-12 Student Essay/Video Finalists

Grades 9-12

Ava Witschel

The Academy of Allied Health and Science

Essay: “On Responsible Consumption and Production”

Danielle Lee

Biotechnology High School

Essay: “Introducing and Raising Awareness of Climate Change in Kids Minds”

Ishar Singh

Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences

Video: “Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production”

Grades 5-8

Kashika Manak

Bordentown Regional Middle School

Essay: “Use And Remove”

Hasini Nandyala

Bordentown Regional Middle School

Video: “The Environmental Impacts of Toilet Paper”

Grades K-4

Jazlynn A. Jimenez

Middle Road School

Essay: “Life on Land”

Alexis Applegate

George L. Catrambone School

Video: “Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy”

Gurdaas Singh

Applegarth Elementary

Video: “Clean Green Energy!”

K-12 Student Summit Judges

We want to thank the judges for helping to evaluate the essay/video submissions for the K-12 Student Summit. We could not have done it without you!

Kerry Carley Rizzuto, Ed.D
Kerry Carley Rizzuto, Ed.D.
School of Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Scott A. Jeffrey, Ph.D.
Scott A. Jeffrey, Ph.D.
Leon Hess Business School
Management and Leadership
Anna Gwiazda
Anna Gwiazda
School of Social Work
Dr. Catherine Duckett
Catherine N. Duckett Ph.D.
Associate Dean
School of Science
Dr. Angello Villarreal
Angello Villarreal, Ed.D.
Freehold Township High School and Monmouth University
Alessandra Conte
Alessandra M. Conte
Department of History and Anthropology