Panorama's Molly Simmons participates in Virtual World Food Prize virtual event, earns scholarship

Panorama's Molly Simmons participates in Virtual World Food Prize virtual event, earns scholarship

Panorama Senior Molly Simmons along with Panorama Agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor Steven Hameister participated in the 9th annual Iowa Youth Institute, hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation last week.

Each year, the World Food Prize Youth Institutes convene high school students, teachers and experts to explore and solve local, national and global hunger and food security issues. In order to be a part of the Iowa Youth Institute, students research and write a paper on a global challenge related to hunger and food insecurity.

A total of 264 students and 110 teachers from 93 Iowa high schools participated in the virtual, day-long event this year, which was the first of its kind for the Iowa Youth Institute, supported by more than 90 experts from across Iowa.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation shifted to a virtual platform this year, in order to make the institutes more accessible online.

Simmons paper was over the topic "Fighting Desertification in Nigeria with Regenerative Agriculture".

Simmons submitted her paper and was accepted to take part in the Virtual Institute. She presented and answered questions about her research to a panel of experts as well as other peers in a round table session. She also received $500 scholarship to the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Simmons is currently finishing her Senior year at Panorama and just retired as President of the FFA Chapter. 

Hameister observed paper presentations and participated in an immersion discussion "Incorporating Global Learning Concepts in Your Classroom".