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Edgewater Student Wins International Contest

Edgewater’s Arnav Bali wins International Contest with his video on Urban Sprawl.

International Student Video Contest

Population Connection Announces Winners of “World of 7 Billion” International Student Video Contest. Eighteen winners earned top spots in the 11th annual “World of 7 Billion” video contest sponsored by Population Connection. Over 3,000 students in grades 6 through 12 from 48 countries and 45 U.S. states and territories participated in the competition. The videos explored population growth as it relates to one of three challenges: Agriculture and FoodOcean Health, and Urbanization.

Arnav Bali, an 8th grader at Central Middle School in Edgewater, MD won first prize and $600 for the 60-second video Urban Sprawl: A Challenge. His winning video looked at how a growing population needs more housing which can disrupt important wildlife habitats. It’s a problem he’s seen up close: “I live in an urban area, too… I see how dense population affects the environment.” Arnav also won first place in 2021 for his submission on electronic waste.

Winners along with their winning videos can be viewed here.

The three high-school first-place winners each received a $1,200 cash prize, while the three second-place winners each received $600 and six honorable mentions each received $300. Middle-school students who claimed first and second place received $600 and $300, respectively.

Sustainable Solutions

In addition to educating viewers about their chosen topic and how it relates to human population growth, students had to include at least one idea for a sustainable solution. The winning pieces were on topics as varied as coral bleaching, urban heat islands, homelessness, and edible insects.

“Communicating a persuasive message in just one minute about one of the many challenges for our crowded world takes real skill,” said John Seager, president of Population Connection. “The winning students go a step further and offer inventive ideas for a sustainable future.”

Population Education, a program of Population Connection, organized and promoted the contest during the 2021-2022 school year. A panel of 60 judges—including college and high-school educators, filmmakers and topic experts—selected the winners.

Many science and social studies teachers have been incorporating the contest into their lesson plans for years. “Teachers appreciate that the project is so student driven,” said Pam Wasserman, Population Connection’s Senior Vice President for Education. “They choose the topic and let their curiosity guide their research and production.”

For more information on the “World of 7 Billion” contest, visit www.worldof7billion.org.

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