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Pollution problem-solvers

Jordan Magaziner Steinfeld
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Thomas Alexander Keyes and Arteen Moghaddam

Thomas Alexander Keyes and Arteen Moghaddam

National Geographic recognized Pershing Middle School's team of sixth graders as regional finalists for their solutions in the 2020 GeoChallenge, a project-based competition that provides fourth- to eighth-graders the opportunity to develop creative solutions to environmental problems. The Pershing Project Based Learning (PBL) team, Arteen Moghaddam, Kevin Yan, David Raichman, Wilaydreaus Sowells, and Thomas Alexander Keyes, were honored at a virtual recognition ceremony. They were chosen out of more than 1,000 teams from all over the United States to advance to the regional finals. All teams were tasked with developing a local solution to plastic pollution and producing a map and video that displayed their solutions. The final in-person competition was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A second Pershing GeoChallenge team from another of Ms. Renee Hawk's PBL STEAM classes also received recognition: Audrey Blackman, Leah Kim, Liora Yustein, and Shaniya Murphy. Pictured, outside of the Pershing garden, are (from left) Thomas Alexander Keyes and Arteen Moghaddam.

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