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Harvey Student Wins Bedford 2020 Competition
Posted 05/18/2017 06:15PM

A student from The Harvey School and his brother, a King School student, were declared the winning team Wednesday, May 17, in the final round of the Bedford 2020’s “Greenlight Award” contest held at Fox Lane High School

Harvey sophomore Hunter Nascimento and his brother, Luke, were selected by a panel of judges at the community-wide Shark Tank-styled event involving high school contestants from Harvey, Fox Lane and John Jay. Teams from the three schools presented their “big green ideas” on this year’s Greenlight Award topic, “Solid Waste.”

Hunter and Luke’s project focused on trying to convince Bedford Central School District to abandon its disposable lunch tray system and adopt the use of reusable trays that can be washed easily by the kitchen staff and reused. The Nascimento brothers’ proposal showed that local public schools could benefit from significant savings while reducing a considerable amount of waste. Hunter and Luke met regularly with local experts on the topic along with local school superintendents who plan to consider the proposal in their 2018-2019 budget packages.

Hosted by Bedford 2020 and supported by the Westchester Community Foundation, the Greenlight Award competition started with student teams working with faculty and community experts to present the solid waste management proposals that will have the greatest impact in the
community.

After the teams made their Round One presentations to a panel of experts, finalists were selected to compete in the final round for the Greenlight Award. Round one finalists received project seed-funding up to $1,000 and were given access to community experts to help them develop and pilot their ideas from January through May. The final event involved the finalists facing an esteemed panel of judges who asked tough questions and chose the project that would benefit the local community the most.

Harvey’s science department chair, Jason Hill, who served as an adviser to the team, was glad to see Hunter follow through with such dedication and enthusiasm. “I simply persuaded Hunter to sign up for the contest in the fall, and from there, the boys came up with the idea and presentation completely on their own. Their project displays a great deal of independence and responsibility. They put forth an impressive proposal, and winning the Greenlight is a wonderful acknowledgment of that hard work.”

The Greenlight Award-winners receive a $500 prize along with another $500 awarded to the faculty.

The topic for next year’s contest was also released at the conclusion of the evening. According to Mr. Hill, Harvey’s science department is actively looking to encourage more student participation in the event.

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