Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s Student Challenge. High school and college students from all over New England stepped up in their communities and became advocates for healthy skin. Below are our winners!
Charlotte Berry, a student at Williams Middle School, submitted an article to the Springfield Republican on the dangers of using tanning beds and is trying to raise awareness about this terrible disease in her community. In addition to sending an article to the Springfield Republican, Charlotte also sent a letter to her legislative representative in order to request for more legislation on tanning bed use.
As part of her Senior Project, Allison researched teen tanning and found there was very little state legislation protecting minors from the dangers of tanning. “Participating in the student challenge has opened my eyes to all the things that one person can do to make a difference. Over 70% of my high school has pledge not to go tanning any more as a result of my efforts. Tanning is so dangerous especially for teenagers and I am so glad that I am increasing awareness about it,” said Allison. Below are the letters Allison sent to State Representative Kate Hogan and to her local paper, The Beacon Villager.
In addition to entering the Student Challenge contest, Allison brought the Your Skin Is In program to her high school. To further her knowledge on the dangers of tanning, she also attended IMPACT Melanoma’s Teens on Tanning Forum. Due to her advocacy, Allison was contacted by HLN Prime News. Below is her interview with IMPACT Melanoma Director Deb Girard.
Kyle has had a passion for music since he was young. He auditioned for the 2012 season of American Idol and after several rounds of auditions finally got to sing in front of judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson. He made it through a few more rounds before being told he needed more time. He continues to sing and has released his first CD.
Kyle also used to enjoy spending time in the sun and getting a tan. What Kyle didn’t know was how dangerous this look could be for him. “After learning all the facts, I realized being tan isn’t the most important thing. Since then I’ve been trying to use a lot of sunscreen and not stay out too long in the sun,” said Kyle. To help spread his awareness to others, Kyle wrote and performed an original song on teen tanning. Check out his music video below. To hear more from Kyle, be sure to visit his website here.
Audree Durfresne, Madison Tippett, and Max Crooks
Sharon High School
Matt Kravitsky and Dan Lee
Sharon High School
Sophomore at Newbury College
“I used to, like many other people with darker skin tones, think that the sun would have no effect on me,” said Jenna. “I later learned, that just because I didn’t get visible sun-burns, that I was still at risk for sun damage”. It was this knowledge that made Jenna decided to participate in the Student Challenge contest. She wanted to make others aware of the dangers of UV rays. Below is Jenna’s comedic, yet informational, video on the dangers of tanning.
Regina knew the risks of tanning, but what she didn’t know was that there are other options. “This project brings to light many alternatives that people may not know about,” say Regina. She had several people stop and ask questions during production. Below is Regina’s video on alternative ways to look tan.