Great Bridge High Wins National Contest

GBH Team receives National Winner award in 2022 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow ContestlGreat Bridge High School (GBH) is a National Winner in the 2022 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest! As one of three national winners, the school will receive a $100,000 prize package including Samsung products and classroom resources. In addition to their national winner status – thanks to your votes and virtual support – they also won the Community Choice Award which provides a technology prize package valued at $10,000.

The 12th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest challenged U.S. students in grades 6-12 to use STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to address local issues of national importance in a sustainable way. This year’s teams were encouraged to use responsibly sourced materials in their prototypes and align their project ideas with the United Nation’s sustainable development goals. 

Our GBH team, mentored by Ms. Paula Labbe, developed a strategic solution to streamline school bus routes  for increased efficiency. Their solution features AcceleRoute – an app they designed and built to implement their solution and  provide working proof! 

This is Ms. Labbe’s fifth year mentoring a student team. It is impressive to note that each of her five teams have earned honors in the contest including two national winners, one national finalist, and two state finalists. Mrs. Labbe estimates that she and her students have collectively won approximately $360,000 in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest in five competitions. 

GBH team (left to right: Donovan Carter, Darren Labbe, Camille Kersha-Aerga) present their pitch in NYC to a panel of judges.
GBH team (left to right: Donovan Carter, Darren Labbe, Camille Kersha-Aerga) present their pitch in NYC to a panel of judges. Click the picture to see their project overview video.

The GBH team traveled to New York City in April, 2022, to pitch their project to a panel of judges. The Wildcat team, represented by Donovan Carter, Camille Kersha-Aerga, Darren Labbe, and Mrs. Labbe, was able to receive both awards in person at the livestreamed final event in New York City. To learn more about the winning project and the other two national winners, read the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow press release.