UE's High School Changemaker Challenge

Castle and Boonville Winners

The University of Evansville's High School Changemaker Challenge is designed to motivate young people to take a leading role in identifying and solving challenges in the world around them through innovation and creativity. High school students are invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of community leaders and compete for scholarships to UE where they can come to get the support needed to make their ideas become a reality. Watch an interview with Associate Director Erin Lewis and former champion Hannah Jaramillo as they discuss the challenge.

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Location: University of Evansville
Free and Open to the Public: Contact EL131@evansville.edu with questions.

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Competing teams!

School Name Coach(es) Team Name Student 1 Name Student 2 Name Student 3 Name
Benjamin Bosse High School Amy Hood Bosse Bulldogs Robert Lopez Caroline Haynie
Boonville High School Emily Strahle ART 4 Life Hannah Gourley Lydia Moesner Kali Taber
Castle High School Emily Garrrett and Jenna Bunner Hope Park Megan Laune Hope Burkins Molly Eissler
Central High School Ashley Hills & Brad Lamey P.M.D. Abby Powers Olivia Doyle Will McDonner
Charles A Tindley Academy Ms. Dawson & Ms. Arthur Business Entrepreneurship Zaye Wide Josiah Poole Deryc Jennings
Charles A Tindley Academy Ms. Dawson & Ms. Arthur Side walk Side Kicks Lexus Parker Chelsea Wilson Bryce Orr
Evansville Christian School Kim Allen & Keri Stephens The Canine Remedy Kira Johnson Rose Wickersham
Evansville Day School Holly Ziemer & Ashley Swinford Team Inspire Danielle Goebel Cassidy Goebel Lauren Goebel
Evansville North High School Amanda Rexing & Adam Cooper NHS Team 3 Sarah (Lilly) Pease Sydney Judd Chloe Cooper
Evansville North High School Amanda Rexing NHS Team 1 Ashlyn Thompson Jalyn Davis
F.J. Reitz High School Cristopher Collins Reitz Engineering Alex Johnthan Payne Piper Weythman
Forest Park Jr./Sr. High School Molly Cummings Team3 Emma Hall Ethan Hall Ellie Hall
Heritage Hills High School Elisa Peters Mind Readers Summer Skelton Aubrey Ruxer Claire Snyder
Mater Dei High School Donna Lefler RISE Jenna Fehrenbacher Macy Nguyen Grant Schneider
Mater Dei High School Donna Lefler Traffik Amelia Duncan Sarah Duncan Lucy Harrison
New Tech Institute Linda Schaffer Time Bank Network Joshua Casson Vidit Patel
New Tech Institute Linda Schaffer Kintsugi Austin Whitledge Morgan McDonald Aubrey Wheeler
Reitz Memorial High School Twayla Carner & Carrie Howe Blessing Box Reed Jenkins Isaac Wetzel Cody Diefenbaugh
Signature School José Mota Forgotten Victims Isabelle Kyle Kennedy Williams
Signature School José Mota Evansville GO Paxton Mosby Graham Griffin David Harris


Each member of the winning team will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to the University of Evansville. Scholarships will also be awarded to the second, third, and fourth ranked teams per student ($5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 respectively for four years).

Scholarship recipients must meet admission requirements for admittance to UE and are expected to continue their work as changemakers at UE. They will be required to submit a two-page report each year on their changemaker activities. Some examples of the ways that changemakers continue their work at UE include:

  • Working to implement their Changemaker Challenge project idea.
  • Joining the Social Innovation Club.
  • Making an impact in the community through other work or other organizations (i.e., Habitat for Humanity, ECO club, ACE Care Clinic, etc.).
  • Enrolling in a ChangeLab course where they work on a community issue (alternative energy, infant mortality, urban revitalization, etc.).
  • Proposing their own ChangeLab course to address a community need (food waste, infant hearing loss, hydroponics, etc.).

(All times are central time)

  • Tuesday, October 16: NEW DATE Optional Check-in with Changemaker Team for advice on final prep. Zac Parsons, TEDx Licensee and Social Entrepreneurship professor, and Allie Poe, Changemaker Student Executive and Accounting & Finance Major, will be on site to provide final prep advice on storyboarding your presentation and figuring out the cost of your ideas. RSVP is required. Sign up online - slots are first come, first serve.
  • Monday, October 22: Deadline for submission of electronic materials (PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.)* by 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 23: Optional rehearsal 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center, University of Evansville. Teams will have access to the room on their own for a limited amount of time. Sign up required.
  • Wednesday, October 24: Final Competition at UE from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251, Ridgway University Center, University of Evansville. The competition is open to the public.

For additional questions, view the FAQs or contact Erin Lewis at EL131@evansville.edu.

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Room 260, Schroeder School of Business