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McCutcheon student participates in Global Youth Institute
McCutcheon student participates in Global Youth Institute

A McCutcheon High School student participated in the Global Youth Institute, hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation, in Des Moines, Iowa. Senior Rowan Wallar says attending the conference with 200 other students from around the world was an amazing experience. "It was great to be around so many others who recognize hunger issues and want to do something about it," says Wallar.

Wallar completed a paper on food insecurity in Guatemala, where she says about 50 percent of children under the age of five are malnourished. A July 2015 mission trip inspired Wallar to research possible solutions to the issue. She proposes expanded education and nutrition programs through existing organizations like Feed the Dream and Mission Guatemala. "I'd like to see more programs focused on prenatal care and nutrition for children in those important first few years of life," says Wallar.

Wallar plans to pursue a degree in food science after graduation. Waller is pictured with McCutcheon teacher and mentor Abi Bymaster.