N.C. A&T student Lillian Barfield and two partners from UNC Wilmington are among the finalists for the Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation. The object of the competition is to come up with an idea to increase North Carolina’s high school graduation rate. There are separate categories for college students and high school students.
Barfield and her colleagues’ idea, as reported by the Star-News of Wilmington:
“The students created the Wilmington Community Digital Storytelling Collaboration, which gives iPads and digital cameras to middle schoolers who are at risk of dropping out to get them to tell a story. The middle schoolers are also paired with community members and UNCW students.“
The prize is sponsored by the Emerging Issues Forum at N.C. State University. Online voting is under way through Monday February 6. The winners will receive $5,000 and will be announced Tuesday at the annual Emerging Issues Forum.