Past High School Changemaker Challenge Winners

2017 Winners

We are pleased to announce the results of UE’s High School Changemaker Challenge held February 21-22 in Eykamp Hall.

Preliminary Round – February 21

Student teams from twelve high schools in Vanderburgh and neighboring counties pitched their ideas on how to make the world a better place before an audience of the UE and Evansville communities. Participating high schools included Boonville, Bosse, Castle, Central, Mater Dei, Gibson Southern, Jasper, Memorial, North, North Posey, Reitz, and Vincennes Lincoln.

Championship Round – February 22

The top scoring six teams returned the next day to pitch again before a new set of community leaders including Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and Dr. Thomas Kazee. Teams included Castle, Central, Mater Dei, Gibson Southern, Jasper, and Memorial.

1st Place – Mater Dei, Piece by Peace, (4-year, full-tuition scholarships to each team member)

Team has developed a game to help the victims of bullying cope with their situation. Team members are: Austin Bowen, Michaela Kunkler, and Noah Harrison. Their coach is Donna Lefler.

2nd Place – Jasper, Wildcat Innovation, ($5,000 UE scholarship to each team member)

Team has developed an enhancement on the DaVinci medical robot. Team members are: Noah Mehringer, Nick Pieper, and Jordan Mehringer. Their coaches are Alalie Schroering and Fred Routson.

3rd Place – Gibson Southern, Smart Waste Bins, ($2,500 UE scholarship to each team member)

Team introduced the idea of bringing smart waste pins to Vanderburgh and surrounding counties to help reduce wasted resources in waste disposal. Team members are Julia Angermeier, Kalea Garrett, and Hayley Doty. Their coach is Tara Sorg.

4th Place – Central, Gills for Good, ($1,000 UE scholarship to each team member)

Team is utilizing aquaponics to help alleviate hunger and build the school community. Team members are Meredith Ziliak, Alison Windle, and Warren McWilliams. Their coaches are Brad Lamey and Kim McWilliams.


2016 Winners

We are pleased to announce the results of UE’s High School Changemaker Challenge held March 17 in Eykamp Hall.

Student teams from thirteen high schools within Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties pitched their ideas on how to make the world a better place before an audience of the UE and Evansville communities as well as community leaders including Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. Participating high schools included Boonville, Bosse, Castle, Central, Evansville Day School, Early College at Ivy Tech, Mater Dei, Memorial, New Tech Institute, North, Reitz, Shepard Law Academy, and Tecumseh.

1st Place – Castle, Communitree, (4-year, full-tuition scholarships to each team member)

Team aims to address the lack of Wi-Fi and electricity at parks and outdoor locations. They designed a tree-shaped Wi-Fi hot spot with electrical outlets for plugging in devices while outside enjoying nature. Team members are: Austin Fonseca, Cody Smith, and Hannah Jaramillo. Their coaches are Emily Strahle and Shannon Hart.

2nd Place – Mater Dei, Second Chance, ($5,000 UE scholarship to each team member)

Team addresses Adult Category 2 Homelessness among all demographics of Vanderburgh County. Team members are: Robert bow, Kyle Cutrell, and Morgan Goebel. Their coach is Donna Lefler.

3rd Place – New Tech Institute, Poems From Patriots, ($2,500 UE scholarship to each team member)

Team endeavors to assist veterans who suffer with PTSD and related mental illnesses. Team members are Evan Stroud, December Egan, and Emily Buehn. Their coach is Jennifer Hopkins.

4th Place – North, Standing Together, ($1,000 UE scholarship to each team member)

Team strives to raise awareness of and decrease the incidence of bullying in the community. Team members are Katlyn Hands, Kayla Hands, and Katelyn Brown. Their coach is Mechelle Gilles.


Congratulations to ALL the competitors and coaches of the High School Changemaker Challenge. You make us proud and we’d love to have all of you at UE!

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