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Area students attend World Food Prize event

Friday, October 26, 2012

"Food is a common right, and all who are born have a right to food." This was a common sentiment expressed at the World Food Prize event, which was held in Des Moines recently.

Joe Napierala (left) from Alta-Aurelia High School, and Phillip Bond, from Storm Lake High School, were selcted to participate in the recent World Food Prize event in Des Moines. Photo contributed
The World Food Prize is commonly described as "the Nobel Prize in food and agriculture." It is awarded to persons who have made outstanding contributions to the world's food supply, and was inspired by Dr. Norman Borlaug, a Nobel Laureate himself.

During the week-long event, premier politicians, scientists, and businessmen from around the world meet to address one problem: "How to feed the World", and to award one person for his or her achievements in helping to solve that problem. This year, along with all of these many brilliant scientists, well known politicians, and successful businessmen, there were also 150 high school students and their teachers in attendance, in what is known as the Global Youth Institute.

The Global Youth Institute is in a partnership with the World Food Prize in which the students get to interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates, as well as with other esteemed persons, such as professors, from around the world.

This year, both Joe Napierala, a senior from Alta-Aurelia High School, and Phillip Bond, a junior from Storm Lake High School, attended.

How did they get to attend, you might ask? Well, it all started prior to April of 2012, when the students' respective teachers were informed of an opportunity for the students to help contribute ideas to solving world hunger. The students each had to choose a country that suffered from a lack of food availability or proper nutrition, thoroughly research the country they chose, and write an in-depth paper describing the problems facing that country, as well as proposing plausible, research-based solutions to the hunger problem of said country.

After submitting their papers, they were invited to attend the Iowa Youth Institute, held in April of 2012 in Des Moines. While there, the students got to take part in a variety of activities which allowed them to interact with other students from across the state and time to meet innovative researchers, professors, and politicians. But, most importantly, they got to present their findings to panels made up of these researchers, professors, and politicians, and they were provided feedback on their solutions. After this amazing event, the students were then given the opportunity to attend the Global Youth Institute, in conjunction with the World Food Prize, which culminated in the students being able to present their revised papers and presentations to a panel of the Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates in Des Moines on October 20th.

It was an amazing opportunity for the students to meet famous leaders such as the UN Secretary General.

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