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Shaler Area High School students receive recognition for Fairchild Challenge at Phipps projects

Shaler Area High School students are focused on bringing attention to environmental issues through the Fairchild Challenge at Phipps.

The Shaler Area High School students have received recognition for each of the projects completed to date in the yearlong environmental challenge, which consists of five different challenges. Students receive scores for each challenge and the scores are totaled for the overall winners at the end of the school year. 

Challenge #1 "Shaped by Nature”
The challenge tasked student to compare and contrast a human organ or organ system with a plan of biological system based on either synergy, similarity or human dependence. Students wrote a comparative essay and created a two-dimensional artistic rendering of the biological system superimposed over the organ. Shaler Area High School senior Taya McCullough received a Special Merit award for her artwork and essay.

Challenge #2 "Environmental Design: Green Stormwater Solutions”
The challenge required students to create a design for a local property incorporating green stormwater infrastructure that would reduce the amount of surface runoff. A team of students created a plan for the property around the high school’s greenhouse and placed 2nd for their efforts. The team included: Alyssa Juzwick, Jennifer Moore, Caitlin Fedorek, Dakota Carr, Olivia Jarzynka, Anna Sheets, and Rebecca Schiavone.

Challenge #3 "Invasive Species Infographic”
The challenge asked students to use catchy colors and concise graphics to tell the story of their chosen invasive species while inspiring action. The Shaler Area team placed 3rd for its infographic on the Emerald Ash Borer. The team included: Caitlin Fedorek, Dakota Carr, Hanna Coleman, Jamie Eichmiller, and Olivia Jarzynka. Additionally, Emily Ehrenberger received a Special Merit Award for her infographic on the Japanese Knotweed.

Challenge #4 "Take Earth to Prom"
The challenged asked students to plan a “green” prom at their school by incorporating environmentally-friendly practices that reduce waste and are affordable. A team of eight Shaler Area ninth- and tenth-graders placed 1st for their project. The team worked on this challenge over the course of three weeks and created a poster and report to outline their plan. 

Overall winners for the Fairchild Challenge at Phipps will be announced in May 2019.
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