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2009 Global Call to Action Challenge Winner Announced!
Posted 10/26/2009 at 3:39 PM by Jes W in HQ News
Affiliate: PeaceJam HQ | Project: Recycling at Ponderosa High School


Congratulations to Ponderosa High School--the first winners of the Global Call to Action Challenge!

A simple, student-designed recycling project that reduced waste by 70% and energy consumption by nearly 14% has been named the winner of the 2009 Global Call to Action Challenge.

PeaceJam Students at Ponderosa High School in Douglas County, Colorado learned today that in recognition of their efforts earlier this year to analyze, identify, and put into practice measures to reduce waste by the school’s 1,700 students, Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu Tum of Guatemala will visit their school and give them an award for their powerful project.

“The students at Ponderosa High School show the power that young people have to improve their schools, their communities, and the world,” said Dawn Engle, PeaceJam co-founder. “Their efforts demonstrate that the spirit and commitment of the Nobel Peace Prize winners who support PeaceJam’s mission are universal, and that—no matter what the age—each and every one of us can make an important difference.”

Sponsored by The Pearson Foundation, the Global Call to Action Challenge extends PeaceJam’s international mission of encouraging young people to create and implement one billion local service projects that extend the work of leading Nobel Peace Laureates

*Click here to read the full press release.
*Click here to watch Ponderosa PeaceJam's GCA Challenge video submission.
*Click here to watch Ponderosa PeaceJam's extended version of their GCA Challenge video submission.
*Click here to see pictures of PJ Ponderosa learning that they'd won.


Three Ponderosa PeaceJammers react to the announcement. Photos by Bradlee Arendt.
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Rado Harintsoa R wrote:
My congratulations to Ponderosa, may you experience any other successful challenge!
posted 10/27/2009 at 9:17 AM
Rody T wrote:
Great work Ponderosa!!! Congratulations!
posted 10/27/2009 at 9:26 AM
Ashlee C wrote:
Congrats guys! This is so awesome!
posted 10/27/2009 at 10:17 AM
Erin M wrote:
AWESOME JOB PONDEROSA! I'm so excited for you guys! Keep up the amazing work!
posted 10/27/2009 at 2:32 PM
Andy S wrote:
Good work everyone!! Congratulations!
posted 10/27/2009 at 2:40 PM
Jes W wrote:
Did anyone catch their story on Denver Channel 4? Great job representing on the local news, Ponderosa! You looked great! We'll try to get a copy of the video and upload it for everyone to see. :)
posted 10/27/2009 at 8:59 PM