8th Grade Team Wins Grand Prize In Inaugural AdCap Challenge

Eighth grade students Aadi Patel, Jonathan Skatoff, and Andrew Moffitt won first place in the national AdCap Challenge, a social entrepreneurship challenge sponsored by major industries including the National Dairy Council and Land O’Lakes.

The team traveled to SAP Headquarters for the AdCap Challenge Finalist Experience - the culminating event of the Challenge. The group spent three days completing mini-challenges, creating solutions to questions posed by challenge partners.

Each Benjamin student will receive a $5,000 scholarship and a $5,000 grant will be awarded to the School.

The team of three eighth grade finalists, led by Middle School Social Studies teacher Anne Franzen, tackled the question of how they could harness the power of technology to develop a solution specific to their own community issues.

The team came up with their big idea from watching people lose their homes in recent hurricanes. They voiced concern that people had trouble seeking shelter because they did not have a place for their pets. This inspired them to create an app for people to offer shelter from the storm, especially in second homes, to people that need pet-friendly accommodations.

The students spoke to The Weather Channel about their app “Hurrihome” after travelling home on the heels of their win.  
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