Lakes International grads win video contest at state fair

Jack Callahan, left, and Will Nelson, recent sixth-grade graduates of Lakes International Language Academy in Forest Lake, received the Most Creative Video Award in the Youth Voices for Change: Climate Change Video Contest at the Minnesota State Fair. Shown with the students is Education Assistant John Smith from the Will Steger Foundation, contest co-sponsor with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Jack Callahan (left) and Will Nelson with Education Assistant John Smith from the Will Steger Foundation.

Jack Callahan, Forest Lake, and Will Nelson, Lindstrom, recent sixth-grade graduates of Lakes International Language Academy in Forest Lake, received the Most Creative Video Award in the Youth Voices for Change: Climate Change Video Contest last week at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Will Steger Foundation co-sponsored the contest.

The boys created the video as part of their culminating International Baccalaureate (IB) exhibition project on glacial melting, highlighting what they would like to see incorporated into LILA’s new school building plans to make the facility ecologically friendly. Jack and Will met with one of the architects earlier in August to present the two-minute video and discuss a list of “green” ideas that may be incorporated into construction plans.

The award-winning video is posted on YouTube (www.youtube.com/
watch?v=3N3Uqhv COXk). The boys plan to contribute the prize money toward implementing their plans.

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