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The High School Innovation Challenge, Warnock Foundation.

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Students from Green Street Academy pose with David
Warnock, the sponsor of the High School Innovation
Challenge.

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The next time you are at a stadium filled with cheering fans,  imagine if our  teams ran onto the field  not to knock down their opponents, but to lift up their community.  
What if they came to tackle social problems, not quarterbacks?  

Would we cheer and wave in unison if our team helped our homeless get  to home base or renovated a rec center so more children could play?

Would we wear shirts emblazoned with the names of social entrepreneurs, inventors and volunteers?  Would call-in shows be jammed with fans celebrating an unbroken record of social reforms?

You can keep your season tickets to our big sporting events.

But if you want to see some real hero’s compete on behalf of your city, you might want to order your tickets to the next High School Innovation Challenge.

As with most things that are new, the first year of this event was small.   A few supporters gathered around small teams who had come to offer ideas and work to help others.

No cheerleaders, no screaming fans, no recruiters, no million dollar contracts.  Just high school students eager to make their city better.

The Warnock foundation offered prizes to help make these dreams come true.  But more importantly, they honored the voice and ideas of these students who are eager to create a better future for

Baltimore.

That’s worth cheering.

Interviews with Protestors of Energy Answers Incinerator

Interviews with Destiny Watford, graduate of Benjamin Frankin High School, Charles Graham, student at Benjamin Franklin High School and Mike Ewall, Director of Energy Justice Network at the protest march against the planned Energy Answers Incinerator on a site one mile from the High School. Students said that the plant would add pollution to their industrial neighborhood which is already one of the most polluted areas in the country.

Energy Answers Questioned. Why Students Are Fighting a Planned Incinerator Near their School.

Benjamin Franklin High School teacher, Kelly Klinefelter Lee thanks students for their critical thinking skills and citizenship as they continue to study and object to the proposed Energy Answers Incinerator. The proposed incinerator would be built on property a mile from the school and would burn waste including car tires and car parts from Maryland and other states. Curtis Bay is an industrial neighborhood in Baltimore that is already among the most polluted areas in the country.

Protest March Against Energy Answers Incinerator

Students at Benjamin Franklin High School lead protest of the Energy Answers Incinerator planned for construction at a site a mile from the school. Students fear that the incinerator will bring waste including car parts and car tires from other other states and will add lead, mercury and fine particulate pollution to their neighborhood that already ranks as one of the most polluted areas in the country.