Union Students Make Presentations at World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute300 students and teachers from across the state of Iowa gathered for a unique program aimed at inspiring the next generation of scientific and humanitarian leaders. Three Union students, Austin Lee, Kristen Lowe and Sarah Ternus explored scientific and global careers at this year’s World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute in April on the Iowa State University campus.

The day was filled with interactive workshops. Students, who had all researched and written a 5-page paper on a global food security topic, presented their innovative solutions to global problems and also saw how their interests intersect with real-world careers, during interactive activities and lab tours on campus.

The students presented on supporting cooperatives and agricultural education to respond to climate change in Guatemala; promoting soil and water conservation measures for a sustainable future in the Maldives; and improving agricultural practices and policies to address climate change in the Dominican Republic, respectively. They were accompanied to the event by teacher Louis Beck.

Governor Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa State University President Steven Leath, Dupont Pioneer President Paul Schickler and World Food Prize President Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn all spoke at the event.

Gov. Branstad had lunch with students and also addressed them during a keynote speech. “Students, your participation today at this truly unique program the World Food Prize has created is a significant first step in shaping your future education, your careers, and your lives,” Branstad said. “Dr. Borlaug, who founded the World Food Prize, was passionately committed to science and its potential to improve lives, produce more food, and eliminate poverty. His life is an inspiration for all of you here today – it’s up to you to set the course for the 21st century.”

WORLD FOOD PRIZE YOUTH INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS - Three Union High School students (l-r): Austin Lee, Kristen Lowe and Sarah Ternus joined other top students from across Iowa to explore global career opportunities at the World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute, held at Iowa State University. Photo by Louis Beck.

WORLD FOOD PRIZE YOUTH INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS – Three Union High School students (l-r): Austin Lee, Kristen Lowe and Sarah Ternus joined other top students from across Iowa to explore global career opportunities at the World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute, held at Iowa State University. Photo by Louis Beck.