20 finalists and the public took it from there.
Nearly 1600 people voted online to determine which ideas would win first, second, and third place--and $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000, respectively.
Special thanks to the June and John Hechinger Family Trusts and donors to the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region for sponsoring the prize money.
, Submitted by Joy Doyle, Ward 8 resident
FIRST PLACE--WINNER OF $5,000:
The Capital Clean-Up Project (CCUP) -- Where Healthy Streets Make Healthy Living
, Submitted by Philip Heinrich, Ward 3 resident
SECOND PLACE--WINNER OF $2,500:
Give DC youth more indoor recreational opportunities by building a Chelsea Piers-like sports complex on the Anacostia Waterfront
, Submitted by Roxanne Walker, Ward 6 resident
THIRD PLACE--WINNER OF $1,000:
Give young people an alternative to high school and college with an expansive technical/trade education system that meshes with an apprenticeship program upon graduation
We also held a special contest for K-12 students in the District. Students submitted over 250 ideas for solving DC problems.
Our panel of judges selected the best idea from each grade level--elementary (K-4), middle (5-8), and high school (9-12)--and one best overall idea.
The Washington Nationals Baseball Club will honor the student winners on the field at RFK Stadium before the Nationals play the Colorado Rockies on June 12.
- ELEMENTARY (K-4) SCHOOL WINNER:Fix the Street Lights!Submitted by Valentino Williams, Grade 4, Friendship Public Charter School, Chamberlain Campus
- MIDDLE (5-8) SCHOOL WINNER:How to Improve Our City's Future through Better School Lunches, Submitted by Maddie Hartke-Weber, Grade 5, Capitol Hill Cluster School, Stuart-Hobson Campus
- HIGH (9-12) SCHOOL WINNER (AND BEST OVERALL WINNER):Students Fixing Their Own Schools, Submitted by 9th Grader from Cardozo Senior High School (awaiting permission to release student's name)
And as the school with the highest level of participation, Capitol Hill Cluster School will receive the free installation of a "learning garden" or other green space--thanks to Johnson's Florist and Garden Centers and Michael Espenan from the landscape architecture firm Oehme, van Sweden & Associates.
Congratulations to all of the contest winners!