Charting Change: Sophie Wilson's Geographical Impact on Missouri's Radiation Narrative

Charting Change: Sophie Wilson's Geographical Impact on Missouri's Radiation Narrative

Whitfield junior Sophie Wilson secured 2nd place in the 2024 Missouri StoryMap Competition, which challenges students nationwide to map their communities using ArcGIS technology. Her project, "Radiation in Missouri," delves into the historical and current impact of radioactive waste on local communities. Utilizing ArcGIS, Sophie's project offers a detailed analysis of contamination locations, supplemented with visuals for accessibility. Her work sheds light on broader implications for public health and environmental policy, advocating for community involvement and policy change.

"Sophie's project is a prime example of how our students can apply their learning to engage with real-world problems," said Chris Sellers, her physics teacher. "Incorporating lessons from her advisory program at Whitfield School, Sophie has become a true upstander in our community. It’s a reflection of Whitfield’s ethos, where community involvement and responsible citizenship are integral parts of our DNA." Sophie will be awarded a $100 prize, and her project will be showcased on the competition’s website as well as the Whitfield STEM EXPO on Friday, May 24 in Schmitter Gallery from 8:30 am to 3:30 p.m. Her commitment underscores the vital role of geographic literacy and proactive community engagement in educational and societal discourse.

For more details on Sophie Wilson’s project and other competition entries, please visit Esri’s competition page.

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