2022 NJECC Student Challenge Award Winners

The first student challenge focused on utilizing digital storytelling skills to capture and share a narrative from their local community that highlights something profound that changed people's lives for the better.  After almost two years of living through this pandemic, this year's winners were challenged to create a 2-3 minute mini-documentary film that identified and showcased one local silver lining that occurred as a result of this global health crisis. 

This year's winners are:

In the Grades 6-8 category -  First Place Winner - From Valley View Middle School in Watchung - the film -  “Silver Lining” produced by Emma Speeney  with their teacher advisor- Morgan Pestorius   

In the Grades 6-8 category - Honorable Mention  - From Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School in Wyckoff  - the film -  “Mask Straps” produced by Henry Petrie & Declan Tosney with their teacher advisors- Angelo Bonavitacola & Marc DeBlock



The second student challenge focused on utilizing design thinking to identify a problem in their local community resulting from the public health restrictions imposed by the pandemic and then create and test a real-world solution. Each team submitted a multi-media presentation detailing their work in each step of the process.

In the Grades 6-8 category -  First Place Winner -  From Carlstadt Schools, we have the product  “Anti-Acne Masks” created by Carlstadt Students  Amanda Oswald, Juliana Jarosz, Mia Sanchez and teacher advisor Dawn Garrabrant . View presentation here


In the Grades 6-8 category - Honorable Mention  - From Dwight-Englewood School, we have the product a PSA  titled -  “Yield to Trucks, Save Lives” - created by Leo Gu, Jason Lee, Philip Levinsky, Andre Valencia, Samantha Malhame, Gabriel Perez, Max Goyal, and Sylvie Yao and teacher advisor Colleen Larionoff.  View presentation here 

In the Grades 9-12 Category,  First Place Winner- from Indian Hills High School we have  “Grow and Give”  created by Joseph Amoruso, Nina Buchakjian, Catherine Cilingiryan, Joshua Fishman, Tara Flynn, Annabel Han, Deniz Kalkandelen, Lauren Lim, Christine Peng, Selin Uygun, and teacher advisor Ashley Murphy.  View presentation here 


Congratulations to all the winners. Each winning team received a prize courtesy of Eduscape and NJECC, an award certificate, and a letter of recognition to their superintendent. We think these creative students and really all of the resilient students who have persevered throughout this pandemic will be the future leaders we need to change schools and the world for the better. Perhaps they will be our nation’s next “Greatest Generation”.