Makayla McShane from Plymouth South High School won the $1,000 first place prize at the the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Moose “Youth Awareness” Program.
Fellow PSHS students Kylie LeGrow and Bridgett Stevenson won second and third prizes. All three students plan to attend the Moose International Student Congress in Orlando, Florida April 30 – May 4. There they will compete for over $30,000 in scholarships with other 60 students from the US and Canada.
More than 50 teens from throughout Massachusetts gathered in November 2014 at the State House and at a later make-up session for the MA/RI Moose Youth Awareness Congress.
The students listened to guest speakers, exchanged ideas and used their creativity to help themselves and others to deal with real-life situations in their own communities. Student participants focus on creating Moose “Kids Talks” which are presentations to be given to 4 to 9 year-old children in their communities. Adults may have provided information and inspiration, but the ideas for the students’ “Kids Talks” are all their own. They develop ways to empower children to make healthy choices or to resist danger, and the children go home determined to put them into practice.