Congratulations to Saint Joseph Academy's Team Enerjagers for being named the Grand Prize Winner in the national contest, the Lexus Eco Challenge, in the Air & Climate category. This national educational STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program and contest inspires and empowers students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it.
Team Enerjagers worked tirelessly for years to help reduce the country’s carbon footprint by promoting sustainability efforts on local and national levels. This dedicated group of students participated for the last four years in the Lexus Eco Challenge, a national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) competition, sponsored by Scholastic.
Three out of the past four years, Team Enerjagers placed as a finalist for the national Lexus Eco Challenge contest, earning more than $60,000 in scholarships.
In the spring of 2018, the team competed and beat out teams from coast to coast, including teams from New Mexico, Washington, South Carolina, Texas, New York and Missouri.
Team Enerjagers wanted to spread awareness about reducing carbon footprint through the reuse of materials normally thrown away or have energy spent on recycling them. Their efforts resulted in creating “Second Chance Candles,” crafted using clear bread bags, made up of plastic #4, a material that is no longer recycled. The team conducted research to see if burning the fumes coming from plastic #4 was harmful and learned it burns as a fuel. The students reused discarded glassware, crayons, beeswax and other eco-friendly ingredients.
To promote awareness of reducing one’s carbon footprint, Team Enerjagers created an instructional video about their candles, uploaded to BuzzFeed and YouTube, partnered with local organizations and shared their ideas with more than 500 people at a summit.
On March 19, Team Enerjagers were told in front of the entire student body that they had won the Lexus Eco Challenge grand prize! This amazing accomplishment resulted in a $30,000 grand prize—$20,000 in scholarships for the seven team members and $10,000 for the Academy. Congratulations to Team Enerjagers and their Teacher Advisors, Mrs. Mary Ellen Foley Scott ’76 and Ms. Kristen Schuler, on a fantastic win for Saint Joseph Academy and the environment!