2024 EENR Section Essay Contest Award Winners Selected

Maria, a woman with short brown hair wears a white shirt, black jacket, and teal, grey, and gold neckerchief.By Maria Savasta-Kennedy

Each year, the NCBA Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section Council hosts an essay contest for high school students across the state centered on the theme of sustainability. This year’s contest focused on the role geoengineering could play in reducing global warming and offsetting some of the impacts of climate change. Specifically, we sent out invitations to all high schools in the state inviting their students to respond to the following prompt:

“Geoengineering” refers to emerging technologies that could manipulate the environment and partially reduce global warming and offset some of the impacts of climate change. What geoengineering technologies are most promising? What are the pros and cons of each? How might we address some of the challenges you have identified?

The winners of the contest receive the chance to be published on NCBarBlog, and the top three winners are awarded cash prizes. This year’s winners and the links to their essays are below.

First Place ($500 prize): Dara Adegoroye
Essay title: “The Future of Geoengineering and Earth’s Atmosphere”
Dara is a rising high school junior at the Early College at Guilford, in Greensboro.

Second Place ($250 prize): Susan Anderson
Essay title: “Geoengineering Against Climate Change”
Susan is a rising high school senior at Polk County Early College in Columbus.

Third Place ($100 prize): Nicole Wetzbarger
Essay title: “Geoengineering”
Nicole is a senior graduating from Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville.