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2018 Winners of the Baker Center Public Policy Challenge


We are excited to announce the 2018 winners of the Howard H. Baker Center Grand Policy Challenge!

Throughout the Spring 2018 semester, teams of students participated in the Howard Baker Grand Policy Challenge which allowed them to engage in civic life by using public policy research to solve real issues confronting society. The winners were chosen by a team of experts and will receive cash prizes to further their proposed policy solutions.
Each team’s video and policy brief can be found below, along with some pictures for each group.

The rewards include:

Grand Prize: Chelsea Allison, Marissa Black, Marleah Payne and Jennifer Russomanno will receive a $3,000 prize for their policy on Fresh Food for All.

The Fresh Food for All policy brief can be read here.

A short blog post about the Fresh Food for All group can be read here.



First Runner-Up: Michelle Halsted and Alex Pawlowski will receive a $1,000 prize for their policy on Sustaining Bioenergy.

The Sustaining Bioenergy policy brief can be read here.



Second Runner-Up: Colton Ragsdale, Alexandria Flanagan, Katherine Elizabeth Coe, and Sydney Nicole Thomas will receive a $1,000 prize for their policy on Municipal Broadband, which they are donating to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

The Municipal Broadband policy brief can be read here.



Dr. Mark Harmon with Sydney Thomas of Gallatin, TN, one of the students who compiled the Expanded Municipal Broadband proposal as part of the First Year Studies “How to Argue” class led by Dr. Harmon.


Thank you so much to everyone who participated!! See you next year! Please see below for some photos taken during the event.


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