Valley Students Research Critical Issues for World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute

Five students from Valley High School were among the record number of participants at the World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute this year Mentored by Valley science teacher Brant Reif, the students joined 294 other students from 131 high schools at Iowa State University to explore critical issues related to global food security and discover academic and career paths in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

  • junior Marcus Chew—education in Chad
  • junior Brianna Cole—malnutrition in Laos
  • junior Jane Smeins—education in Zambia
  • sophomore Kate Snodgrass—plant science in Madagascar
  • sophomore Radha Velamuri—water and sanitation in Haiti

Then-Governor Terry Branstad spoke to the students about the importance of feeding the growing population during the event luncheon.

“I truly believe that there just may be one of you here today who will be able to follow in Norman Borlaug’s footsteps, who will make a similar breakthrough achievement, one that will help us meet the challenge of feeding the 9 billion people who will soon be on our planet,” he said. “For you students, it is your generation that must meet this challenge—which is perhaps the greatest challenge agriculture has ever faced.”

Watch a recap of the 2017 World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute: