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2023 MyImpact Challenge Winners

Grand Prize - $10,000

Caroline Gao
Albany, Oregon
West Albany High School

For founding "The World in Us" to promote cross-cultural education by introducing children from across different cultures to each other.

Principles Essay
Project Report
Photo Documentation
Video Documentation

First Prize - $7,500

Rylee Brooke Kamahele
Mililani, Hawai'i

For founding "The Catalyst's Club" as a non-profit umbrella for various charitable causes.

Principles Essay
Project Report
Photo Documentation
Video Documentation


Second Prize - $5,000

Mark Leschinsky
Mahwah, New Jersey
Bergen County Academies

For founding the "Student World Impact Film Festival" without entry fees in order to promote films by marginalized filmmakers.

Principles Essay
Project Report
Photo Documentation
Video Documentation

Third Prize - $2,500

Miyana Holden
Brooklyn, New York
Poly Prep Country Day School

For founding "SpectrumEYES" to provide sensory kits to children with autism and promote education about autism.

Principles Essay
Project Report
Video Documentation


Honorable Mentions - $1,500

Audrey Su
Sandy, Utah
Skyline High School

For founding "Title I Strings" to promote free string-instrument education in Title I schools.

Ella Pintar
Laguna Niguel, California
St. Margaret's Episcopal School

For Founding "StartUpSavvy" to organize youth entrepreneurship workshops

Kathryn Vercruse & Hampton Tester
Santa Ana, California
Mater Dei High School

For founding "Kids Court Camp" to help children learn about the legal system.

Katie Meggers
Newport Beach, California
St. Margaret's Episcopal School

For founding "Mindful Moves" to educate children about health and wellness.

Tanisha Makam & Shriya Sreeju
Flower Mound, Texas
Edward S. Marcus High School

For founding "Project Bright Beginnings" to promote financial literacy.

Tulsi Patel
La Palma, California
Oxford Academy

For founding "Each One Teach One" to provide tutoring. food, and other resources to underserved schools.

Special Awards - $500

Ciara Robertson
San Juan Capistrano, California
St. Margaret's Episcopal School

For founding "Rising Writers" to educate children on creative writing.

Lauren Schroeder
Dixon, Iowa
Calamus–Wheatland High School

For using her family's land to plant a garden that provides food to local non-profits.

Maya Murchison
Chula Vista, California
Eastlake High School

For founding the "African American Mentor Program (AAMPed)" to expose African American Children to positive role models.

Nikhil Shah
New York, New York
Collegiate School

For founding "Spanish Online Learning Tutors Incorporated" to teach Spanish to elementary-age children.

Noah Schreiner and Annika Schreiner
Emmaus, Pennsylvania

For advocating for and planting a pollinator-friendly garden on a local trail.

Teacher Prizes

Teacher Grand Prize - $500
Awarded to the adult supporter of the Grand Prize-winning project.

Jacqueline Kahler
West Albany High School
Albany, Oregon

Teacher Support Prize - $500
Awarded to the teacher generating the most student entries.

Peter Findler
Wakefield School
The Plains, Virginia

Teacher Submission Prize - $250
Awarded to teachers who generated multiple student entries.

Matthew Dimick
East High School
Salt Lake City, Utah

Maria Kann
New Oxford Middle School
New Oxford, Pennsylvania

Renee McGill
Des Moines Christian School
Urbandale, Iowa