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Gostomski, Derry earn more awards

By Tessa Gamble Special to the Courier

On April 5, Bandera High School juniors, Samuel Gostomski and John Derry, competed at the World Food Prize Foundation Texas Youth Institute at Texas A&M University. While Derry and Gostomski were both designated Borlaug Scholars, Gostomski was one of 150 students selected internationally to represent the Lone Star State at the World Food Prize Foundation Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa, this October.
The Texas Youth Institute brings together high school students from across the state to help solve issues affecting developing regions all over the world.
Each student investigates and prepares a paper explaining a solution to a specific country and food development issue. Derry's paper focused on sustainable aquaponics development in Kenya and Gostomski's paper focused on nitrogenous fertilizer production facility development in Rwanda.
At the Global Youth Institute, student delegates present papers they have researched and written on a critical aspect of food security, and discuss their findings with international experts and their peers in roundtable discussions. Each discussion group of seven to nine students is led by three distinguished global leaders in science, industry and policy.
Each year, student delegates at the Global Youth Institute participate in tours of cutting-edge industrial and research facilities addressing issues related to food and water security, nutrition, global agriculture and health.
Throughout the three-day program, student and teacher delegates participate in the Borlaug Dialogue, which brings together about 1,500 international experts and policy leaders from 65 countries to address cutting-edge challenges in food security and international development.
Delegates to the Global Youth Institute also attend the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony in the historic Iowa State Capitol, as the "Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture" is awarded in recognition of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.
By participating in the Global Youth Institute, students are eligible to apply for a prestigious Borlaug-Ruan International Internship, an all-expenses-paid, eight-week hands-on experience, working with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

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BHS Junior Samuel Gostomski displays his certificate for being named a Borlaug Scholar at the World Food Prize Texas Youth Institute at A & M University.