ANKENY, Iowa (April 29, 2016) - Thirty students from Ankeny Schools were among the 300 to attend the fifth annual World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute at Iowa State University. Representatives from 130 schools, including Northview and Southview Middle Schools and Ankeny Centennial High School, explored critical global food security issues and discovered academic and career paths in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, math).
Each student attending had written a research paper on a key issue; such as
environmental volatility, soil degradation, nutrition, water scarcity or
gender inequality, impacting hunger in a developing country. During
the Youth Institute, the students proposed their solutions in small-group
roundtable discussions facilitated by academic and industry experts.
Students also engaged in interactive immersion sessions, covering
topics like plant genetics, human nutrition, food insecurity in Iowa,
sustainability, and the environment.
Governor Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa State president Steve Leath, and Dupont Pioneer Director of Platform Management Marv Wilson addressed the students.
“The World Food Prize Youth Programs were started by Norman Borlaug and John Ruan Sr. to inspire the next generation to become involved in our food system, and to compel them to confront the greatest challenge in human history: whether we can sustainably and nutritiously feed the more than nine billion people who will be on our planet by 2050,” said Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, president of The World Food Prize Foundation.
Other World Food Prize youth programs also include the Global Youth Institute, the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship and the USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship.
Ankeny Community Schools is unified in its commitment, passion, and vision so every learner is prepared to achieve a lifetime of personal success.
Ankeny Community School District does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, military affiliation, socioeconomic status, or familial status. Inquiries or grievances may be directed to Jenifer Owenson, Chief Human Resources Officer, 306 SW School Street, P.O. Box 189, Ankeny, IA, 50021-0189, (515) 965-9600, email@example.com; or to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60661.