A team of sixth-graders at Lyman Moore Middle School has been named as among “Maine’s Top Ten Youth Visionaries” after winning a competition that asked students statewide to create a video that focused on ways they would use $1 million to improve the quality of life in Maine 10 years from now.
A team made up of students Cameron Derrig and Cooper Bay created a video in which two imagined themselves as philanthropists donating the money to increase the number of families that can attend Camp Sunshine, a beautiful campground on Sebago Lake that provides respite time for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
The contest was open to schools statewide and students at 85 schools submitted short video entries. The video made by the Lyman Moore students was among the top 10 chosen. The 10 winning teams will be honored at the Blaine House on Tuesday, June 2, at a 2 p.m. tea hosted by Maine’s First Lady, Ann LePage. Each team will receive $100 from Meridian Stories, the nonprofit organization behind the competition.
Meridian Stories is a national nonprofit that offers schools curriculum-based “Challenges” in language arts, history, math and science. The Challenge the Lyman Moore students participated in was called: “Down the Road: The Search for Maine’s Top Ten Youth Visionaries.” The competition asked students to consider their lives in this state “ten years down the road.”
Bob Moore, senior partner for Meridian Stories, said the project aims to inspire students. “The goal is to give voice to Maine students’ collective vision and truly impact what tomorrow looks like for our state,” he said.
The judges included Glenn Cummings, the new president-elect of the University of Southern Maine. In addition to Lyman Moore, other southern Maine schools in the top 10 included Cape Elizabeth Middle School, Brunswick High School, Durham Community School and Freeport High School.
The Lyman Moore team’s winning video can be viewed by clicking here.