2018 High School Track


BeeInnovative – First Place 

BeeInnovative seeks to revolutionize the beekeeping industry utilizing machine-learning technology to identify hive health issues and notify beekeepers for timely intervention.
School: Phillips Exeter Academy
Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Reyes
Team Members: Vinayak Kurup, Jenny Yang, Cooper Wolff

Growing Hope – Second Place

Growing Hope is a U.S.-based organization that supplies portable milk crate garden boxes to South Sudanese refugees in the Bidi Bidi camp.  
School: The Derryfield School
Faculty Advisor: Kate DiTullio
Team Members: Emanne Khan, Abigail Wilding, Sarah Mullins

The Education Project – Third Place

To prevent Human Trafficking by educating people on the issue in hopes it will help stop it.
School: The Derryfield School
Faculty Advisor: Kate DiTullio
Team Members: Maggie Cissel, Taylor Hare, Andie Ormiston


Helping Our Heroes

Our social venture is an online support system for veterans struggling with PTSD or depression to receive therapy.
School: Portsmouth High School
Faculty Advisor: Tiffany D'Amour
Team Members: Braeden Schafroth-Bach, Adison Scully, Annie Cassell


One Story, One Change

One Story, One Change is an online forum where people can share experiences with others without feeling judged.
School: The Derryfield School
Faculty Advisor: Kate DiTullio
Team Members: Cameron Bishop, Serina Li, Kevin Shao, Liz Gagnon, Jess Carr


2018 High School Judging Panel 


image of alan brownAlan Brown
Vice President, Community Relations, & CRA Manager
Kennebunk Savings Bank

Alan Brown has served as Vice President, Community Relations, and CRA Manager for Kennebunk Savings Bank since May 2018. In this role, he oversees the Community Promise, Kennebunk Savings’ pledge to contribute 10% of annual earnings to local charitable organizations. Previously he served as Vice President, Regional Retail Banking Manager and Vice President, Retail Market Manager. Brown  joined the Bank in 2014 as Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of the Dover office, where he was responsible for overseeing the Dover branch team, small business and mortgage lending and the overall performance of the branch. Previously, Brown amassed over 20 years of management and customer service experience working in the seacoast New Hampshire market. He served as a manager at Market Basket for 14 years and, held management roles over the last 12 years working for Enterprise Rent-A-Car.


Image of KateKate Gaudet
Associate Director, Honors Program, University of New Hampshire
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Humanities, University of New Hampshire

Kate Gaudet is Associate Director of the Honors Program and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of New Hampshire. She focuses on building innovative, interdisciplinary, and experiential programs grounded in UNH‚ as strong academic resources.  She has completed several trainings and workshops in human-centered design, and is a veteran of the NSF I-Corps program, which trains researchers in the creation of marketable products. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Chicago, where she studied the history of reading practices, and continues to study how literary narratives shape personal experiences. In addition to her work at UNH, she is a freelance writer and editor, and lives with her husband and two children in Saco, Maine.


Image of JulianaJuliana Good ’21
Music Performance Major, University of New Hampshire
Accelerated Masters in Public Policy, University of New Hampshire

Juliana Good is a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire, majoring in Music Performance and working towards an accelerated Master’s degree in Public Policy. She was the third place  Student Track winner of the 2017 Social Venture Innovation Challenge, for her entry about a method for expanding access to fine and performing arts to students with special needs. She participated in the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise (CSIE) Social Innovation Internship in the summer of 2018, interning with the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, a non-profit dedicated to helping talented, underserved students get into graduate school and pursue careers in the arts, humanities, and education. Juliana is currently a Student Fellow with CSIE, and spent the Fall 2018 semester doing consulting work for students and community members entering this year’s Social Venture Innovation Challenge. She also works with UNH’s Youth Symphony Orchestra, where she helps young string students learn their pieces and enhance their musical skills. Juliana hopes to pursue a career in arts and/or education advocacy, while continuing to be a musician.


Image of RichardRichard Haynes, Jr.
Associate Director of Admissions for Diversity, University of New Hampshire

Richard Haynes was born in Charleston, South Carolina.  He is a first-generation student who was encouraged by his middle school teacher to earn his BFA and continue to his MFA after he returned from his Air Force duties during the Vietnam era.

Richard is a renowned artist and nationally recognized for his paintings and photographs.  His work hangs in the permanent collection at the Currier Museum of Art, Schomburg Library, University of New Hampshire, Avery Art Institute, the Bronx Museum of Arts, Houghton and Mifflin publishing and many other collections.  He was commissions by CASA, Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, and The Portsmouth Peace Treaty.  He has three published works: "Regalia, Native American Dance,” “Portsmouth Unabridged: New Poems for an Old City," and "The Great Shape Hunt”.

Richard was a professor at McIntosh College.  He has also been an artist-in-residence in New Hampshire public schools, Currier Museum of Art, and the Currier Art Center.  Currently, he is the Associate Director of Admissions for Diversity at the University of New Hampshire.


Image of NelsonNelson Thomas, ’20
Communication Major, University of New Hampshire

Nelson Thomas is a junior at the University of New Hampshire, majoring in Communication. On campus, he is a Student-Athlete and Vice President of UNH’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, as well as an Executive Member of the Paul Public Policy Group. Growing up, he was taught to dream big and be relentless, which has become the essence of his character, approaching each assignment with passion and vigor, giving his all from beginning to end. Nelson interned at Coca-Cola of Northern New England (CCNNE). He was very excited to work in an environment alongside professionals to cultivate skills and garner the experience necessary for his future career.  CCNNE was a perfect match for his future goals of working alongside iconic companies within their marketing and advertisement divisions. In 2018, Nelson was a NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge finalist on the EcoText team, which proposed the idea of the"Spotify for textbooks",  bringing affordability and sustainability to the text book industry.