By Cyan James, special correspondent
A fresh crop of Changemakers has been identified by the Washington Global Health Alliance’s Be the Change student competition. Among the three first place winners was a group of UW students who want to enlist a spider to fight malaria:
Some 250 teams from the region’s high schools, community colleges and undergraduate universities submitted proposals aimed at suggesting solutions to problems in global health. Students came up with solutions to dealing with a number of problems such as the need for safe drinking water, obstetric fistula and HIV diagnosis.
Semi-finalists were treated to an Argosy cruise of Puget Sound Thursday to celebrate their works and recognize the winners
The “UW Spider Trio” said they put in a lot of work on their winning submission, as well as a lot of laughter and camaraderie. Spider Trio’s members Adam Tanaka, Christine Scullywest, and Roshan Mahoney learned of their first place award in the undergraduate category on the Argosy — and are among those who will be feted during a VIP reception at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in July.
The other two first place winners were High Five from Glacier Peak High School for their educational program designed to impart health and hygiene information in low-resource communities and Educational Advocates from Seattle Central Community College for their community awareness initiative on deafness. Continue reading