Some of Loudoun County’s top young innovators put their creativity and commitment to community on display last night as part Loudoun Youth Inc.’s annual Step Up competition.
More than 60 teams of middle and high school students filled the School Board meeting room in Ashburn with their projects, which offered ways to better protect the environment, promote healthy living and help support their neighbors in need.
In its 13th years, the program encourages students across the county to identify an issue in their school, neighborhood or community, create a plan to address that issue, and implement the plan. Two dozen community leaders listened to student present their projects of projects, peppered them with questions and then completed scorecards on each one.
At the end of the night, the top 10 projects were selected to advance to the finals, to be held April 11 at Brambleton Library. They’ll be competiting for cash prizes from $250 to $1,000 to fund their plans.
The advancing projects are:
• Bridges, by a team from Park View High School;
• COBRA: Cancer Onslaught By Raising Awareness, with team members from the Academy of Science, Briar Woods High School, Rock Ridge High School, Stone Bridge High School and Thomas Jefferson High School;
• From Me To You, by a team from Stone Hill Middle School;
• iloom–Returns to Work, by students from Farmwell Station Middle School and Loudoun Valley High School;
• Resi-lution, by a team from Brambleton Middle School and Rock Ridge High School;
• STEM for Scouts, by students from the Academy of Engineering and Technology;
• StudentCounselor by a Brambleton Middle School team;
• TED-Ed Club Loudoun, by students from John Champe High School and Rock Ridge High School;
• The Kindness Project by a team from Freedom High School; and
• Under Her, created by River Bend Middle School and Potomac Falls High School students.