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Southwest Missouri Junior High School earns National Prize with a project exploring ways to reduce drought

Recently, Carthage Junior High School was selected as the Missouri winner of the 13th annualSamsung Solve for TomorrowContest. As a result, the school will receive a $12,000 prize package. Solve for Tomorrow is a national competition that challenges United States public school students in grades 6-12 to explore how the role of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) can play in solving some of the most significant issues in their local communities.

On Thursday, KRPS's Fred Fletcher-Fierro spoke with Renea Brownfield, a 7th grade Science Teacher at Carthage Junior High school. He first asked about her class's award-winning project.

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.
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