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AHS Student Excels in Changemaker Challenge

In January, Avon High School student Neva Verbik took home the second-place trophy at the seventh annual High School Changemaker Challenge.

The purpose of this annual event is to motivate students to leverage their creativity to solve the challenges affecting their hometowns.

Verbik, whose achievement was featured on the University of Evansville and Inside Indiana Business websites, created a project called Uptown Gardens. Her rooftop garden concept is designed to generate revenue, provide jobs, and compensate for the disappearance of local farmland through growing and harvesting produce atop the local warehousing and distribution facilities that are being developed all around Avon.

This innovative idea and Verbik's polished presentation earned more than a trophy. "I was awarded a $23,000 scholarship annually for four years and was personally invited by the President of the University to attend." In a message to Jobs for American Grads Specialist MaryAnn Abramson, Verbik wrote, "I am seriously so thankful for everything I've learned in JAG. It was so helpful during the competition. I was able to feel prepared and confident in my skills. Thank you!"

"This story illustrates the incredible talents our students possess," said AHS Principal Matt Shockley. "It shows what is possible when students apply what they are learning in our classrooms to the real-world issues that capture their attention and ignite their passion. I am incredibly proud of Neva."

Congratulations, Neva! We are excited to see how you continue to innovate and excel!


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