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NSHSS Passion Project Exhibition Recap

The NSHSS Passion Project Exhibition took place on November 22 & 23, during NSHSS Scholar's Day in Atlanta, GA. Located at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, the Exhibition was a series of poster board exhibits that showcased the passion projects of NSHSS members. Members were called on to apply for the exhibition with a project proposal and were then selected to compete. Each exhibit was focused on one of two themes:

  1. STEAM & Innovation
  2. World Betterment (nonprofit, social business, social innovation, or social advocacy efforts)

Exhibitors presented their projects to the three-judge panel in their category. The projects were also open for viewing to all attendees - an audience of approximately 1,200 NSHSS members, families, educators, and corporate leaders. After the presentations, the judge panels deliberated to unanimously determine the three winners in each category.

The top three exhibitors from each category were presented with a scholarship check during the Member Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, November 23. The scholarships are to be used for furthering their passion projects. 

  • First Place: $1,000 USD
  • Second Place: $500 USD
  • Third Place: $250 USD

Professionals from various fields volunteered their Saturday to participate as judges in the Scholar's Day 2019 Atlanta Passion Project Exhibition. Our judges on the STEAM & Innovation panel were:

  • Kolby Keo, Senior Associate at The Harbour Group
  • Charise RoldanCo-Head of School & Director of Academics at Frazier Preparatory Academy, Chicago, IL
  • Beth Watson, Attorney 

Our judges on the World Betterment panel were:

  • Sofia Gonzalez, NSHSS Educator of the Year 2019 & English Instructor at Morton East High School in Chicago, IL
  • Andrea Smith, Vice President of Development at Scholarship America
  • Jack Watson, Former Chief of Staff for the Carter Administration



Passion Project Exhibition Winners - Scholar's Day Atlanta 2019