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Youth Center wins “Climate Superstars” at Grand Forks Air Force Base

Col. Heather Cook, 319th Mission Support Group commander, congratulates the Torch Club members for their accomplishments, December 12, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Cook said she wanted to let the Youth Center members know how proud she was of their hard work and effort to do their part to protect the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Melody Wolff)

Col. Heather Cook, 319th Mission Support Group commander, congratulates the Torch Club members for their accomplishments, December 12, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Cook said she wanted to let the Youth Center members know how proud she was of their hard work and effort to do their part to protect the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Melody Wolff)

Torch Club members wait for the revealing of the “Climate Superstars” prizes in the Youth Center, December 12, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. These members competed nationwide by completing tasks focused on themes such as improving energy, conserving water and reducing waste. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Melody Wolff)

Torch Club members wait for the revealing of the “Climate Superstars” prizes in the Youth Center, December 12, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. These members competed nationwide by completing tasks focused on themes such as improving energy, conserving water and reducing waste. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Melody Wolff)

Torch Club members enjoy the prizes given by Samsung in the Youth Center, December 12, 2018, at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. KP Advincula, the Grand Forks AFB Youth Center Torch Club advisor, pretended Torch Club members would receive a safety briefing in order to surprise them with the news they won “Climate Superstars”, an environmental awareness challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Melody Wolff)

Torch Club members enjoy the prizes given by Samsung in the Youth Center, December 12, 2018, at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. KP Advincula, the Grand Forks AFB Youth Center Torch Club advisor, pretended Torch Club members would receive a safety briefing in order to surprise them with the news they won “Climate Superstars”, an environmental awareness challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Melody Wolff)

Col. Heather Cook, 319th Mission Support Group commander, and Micah Gass, 9, play pool together in the Youth Center, December 12, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Cook discussed winter safety with Gass, ensuring he knew how he was going to stay vigilant and safe during the upcoming winter months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Melody Wolff)

Col. Heather Cook, 319th Mission Support Group commander, and Micah Gass, 9, play pool together in the Youth Center, December 12, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Cook discussed winter safety with Gass, ensuring he knew how he was going to stay vigilant and safe during the upcoming winter months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Melody Wolff)

The Youth Center won the “Climate Superstars” environmental awareness challenge national champtionship, December 12, 2018, at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Their prize consisted of $10,000 worth of Samsung electronics, which included two televisions, 10 Chromebook laptops, and 15 tablets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Melody Wolff)

The Youth Center won the “Climate Superstars” environmental awareness challenge national champtionship, December 12, 2018, at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Their prize consisted of $10,000 worth of Samsung electronics, which included two televisions, 10 Chromebook laptops, and 15 tablets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Melody Wolff)

Mea Sijord, 10, and Molly Maguire, 10, discover they won the “Climate Superstars” challenge in the Youth Center, December 12, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Maguire said the challenge helped her learn about different ways she can help the environment during all seasons, and she was grateful for the prizes to help her with her homework. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Melody Wolff)

Mea Sijord, 10, and Molly Maguire, 10, discover they won the “Climate Superstars” challenge in the Youth Center, December 12, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Maguire said the challenge helped her learn about different ways she can help the environment during all seasons, and she was grateful for the prizes to help her with her homework. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Melody Wolff)

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The Boys and Girls Club of America Torch Club thought they were receiving a safety briefing, but instead were surprised with news they won “Climate Superstars”, an environmental awareness challenge, December 12, 2018, at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota.

This environmental contest is designed to ignite science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) interest among kids and teens while raising awareness about the importance of environmentalism and sustainability.

Torch Club members competed nationwide against 200 teams by completing tasks focused on themes such as improving energy, conserving water and reducing waste.

Col. Heather Cook, 319th Mission Support Group commander congratulated the Torch Club for their accomplishments. “I am so proud of all of you,” said Cook. “It is great to know you all are making a conscious effort to do your part to protect the environment.”

Mea Sijord, 10, and Molly Maguire, 10, Torch Club members, enjoyed prizes given by Samsung for their competition win. The prize consisted of $10,000 worth of Samsung electronics, which included two televisions, 10 Chromebook laptops, and 15 tablets.

“This challenge helped me learn about different ways I can help the environment during all seasons, and I am grateful for the prizes to help me with my homework,” Maguire said.