Hudson -- Can the city of Hudson be improved by spending a mere $100?
That's what high school students across Hudson will have the chance to answer in a contest sponsored by Junior Leadership Hudson. However, students should act fast. The application deadline is Jan. 24.
Junior Leadership Hudson is a group of 16 students from Hudson High School and Western Reserve Academy who have been collaborating on the project/contest for two months, according to Megan Lee, one of the members of the group.
Megan, 15, and a sophomore at Hudson High School described the project as "awesome."
"Our project took root from a simple question one of our members proposed to our group: 'What would you do to better the community with only $100?'" Megan recalled. "We took it to ourselves to ask this question to the community of high schoolers in Hudson."
Junior Leadership Hudson then created a contest to ask high school students the question, Megan said.
"We are hoping that this challenges students all around Hudson to take a second and really think about what they could do to help out their community with a small amount of money," Megan said.
Junior Leadership students will pick five finalists and give them $100 to complete the projects.
"We're also hoping to see some real creativity and to hopefully have five amazing ways to help out the community done by the end of this year," Megan said.
Megan is one of the 16 students, eight from Hudson High School and eight from Western Reserve Academy who attend a variety of civic and business meetings to talk about their cause.
"Junior Leadership Hudson was born out of the adult Leadership Hudson group and we meet once a month to learn about leadership abilities in all career paths," Megan said. "We travel all around Northeast Ohio visiting different businesses and organizations who talk to us about how leadership has played a role in their journeys."
The Junior Leadership Hudson group is in its fourth year, according to Paul Milcetich, a Hudson High School unit principal and adviser for the group.
The contest is open to students of all ages, Milcetich said.
"Teams must have members from the any of the high schools in Hudson but can have students of other ages and adults as well," Milcetich said. "Junior Leadership Hudson has already completed fund-raising and has received generous support from the Kiwanis, Merchants of Hudson, Rotary, Destination Hudson, Hershey's, Nicki Nicole, and Learned Owl to fund the project."
Once teams are picked and the $100 distributed, teams cannot supplement that amount, Milcetich said.
"These teams then carry out their project over the next two months with Junior Leadership Hudson judging the winner," Milcetich added. "The goal is for our Junior Leadership Hudson students to experience putting together a project that benefits the community, while simultaneously the projects will have a positive impact as well."
Winning prizes could include gift cards which can be used in Hudson to support local businesses and the local economy, Milcetich said.
"It is an all-around positive experience for the JLH students, the students and teams involved and the community of Hudson," Milcetich said.
Junior Leadership Hudson has "really been an amazing opportunity for us as students to collaborate with one another in an ongoing and large service project beneficial to the community and it has been such a wonderful experience getting to know my peers," Megan said.
"The places we've visited and speakers we have heard have really opened up my eyes to the importance of leadership and how this essential quality comes into play in the real world," Megan added.
Members of the group from Hudson High School are: Jenna Bouquot; Peyton Brown; Jackson Fitch; Megan Lee; Hasan Mutlu; Ashley Reed; Maddie Ricard and Noah Stupica.
Western Reserve Academy members are: Abbey Griffith; Abby Hermosilla; Akeyla Jordan; Zoe Leciejewski; Alena Nichols; Mitch Polock; Ryan Stifler and Miles Van Blarcum.
Applications can be downloaded at http://juniorleadershiphudson.org/.
Applications should be turned in to Justin Zimmerman at WRA or Milcetich at Hudson High School. The applications can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Finalists will be notified by Feb. 1 by email if their project is accepted.
For more information on Junior Leadership Hudson visit www.juniorleadershiphudson.org.