CGHS seniors name state finalists in national STEM competition

Samsung Solve 2023 Finalists

Brinna Porat, Ashley Mitchell, Kendyl Brown, and Mia Brandon

(January 8, 2023) - A team of four Center Grove High School students has been selected as a state finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition. The seniors, Mia Brandon, Kendyl Brown, Ashley Mitchell, and Brinna Porat, are among just 300 state finalists who entered the competition from around the US. The CGHS team's concept utilizes a recycled Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) geofoam to to fill potholes.

"This competition gives them an opportunity to shine beyond the normal school day," said CGHS teacher Andrea Teevan. "These four are go-getters and I expect big things from them."

Each year Samsung hosts the $2 million national competition for public secondary schools. Teams are asked to consider how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can be used to create change in their communities. With the help of their teachers, students can apply to the contest and compete to win up to $100,000 in prizes for their school, plus the opportunity to work with Samsung employees to develop their prototypes.

State finalists receive a $2,500 prize package from Samsung for their school. In the spring, 50 schools will be named State Winner and will receive a $12,000 prize package including Samsung products and classroom resources, plus the opportunity to work with a Samsung employee mentor. More information on the competition is available at this link.