2009 – 2010


People complain that their representatives don’t listen to them. Ask four Western Michigan University students if they agree. With an unwavering support from their professor, Brad Kent, Ashley Horvat, Lauren Hearit, and Sam Demorest participated in a national contest, answered a question, won $25,000 and traveled to Washington, D.C. to share their findings.

Yes, this is a true story. In the summer of 2009, a group of concerned citizens from Green Bay, Wis., with the support from several local organizations, gathered to discuss how they might engage the so-called Y or Millennial generation to think about their own future, 40 years from now. And so the iOme Challenge was born and this was our first winning team.

Click here to download the 2009-2010 winning team’s essay.