Announcing the Winners of the 2022 IGNITE GOOD!® Challenge for Students

IGNITE GOOD!® Challenge Rewards Excellence in Student-Designed Service Projects

Judges Who Helped Select The Winners of the Inaugural IGNITE GOOD!® Challenge Include Celebrity Anti-bullying Advocate Jaylen Arnold, University of Louisville Professor Dr. Ann Larson, and Regional Director for School-Age Child Care of Louisville, Lisa Middelton

We’re excited to announce the winners of the inaugural IGNITE GOOD!® Challenge. After a year of implementing the GGC curriculum, students put their unique Superpower Equation (MY TALENT + MY HEART = MY SUPERPOWER!®) into action by completing a service project that combines their talents with a cause close to their heart.

The superhero winners are Rhett Berwick (K-1 Individual Class), Elon Dupon (K-1 Individual Homeschool), Cameron Neeley (2-3 Group),  and Payton Downey (4-5 Individual). Each of these students was asked to present their service project in a video accompanied by a PowerPoint slide document following the GGC philosophy of the organization’s Superpower Equation. Winners received their prizes today, on May 18, GGC’s newly established national Kids IGNITE GOOD! Day

K-1 Home School

Elon, Simpsonville, KY
Dupon Family School

MY TALENT: Chicken Whispering
+ MY HEART: Health
Getting healthier eggs to my community.

K-1 Individual

Rhett, Culbertson, MT
Culbertson Schools

MY TALENT: Sharp Eyes
+ MY HEART: Environment
Spotting and picking up litter in my home town.

2-3 Group

Cameron, Louisville, KY
Whitney Young Elementary School

+ MY HEART: Animals/Rescue
Baking treats for animals and rescue workers.

4-5 Individual

Payton, Louisville, KY
Breckinridge-Franklin Elementary School

MY TALENT: Softball
+ MY HEART: Elderly
Hosting a softball game to engage the elderly in my community.

The honorees are recognized for their excellence and are awarded with prizes for themselves, their classroom, and their charity. The IGNITE GOOD!® Challenge entries were submitted by teachers across the country in the GGC educator portal. The deadline for applications was May 2. Applicants were scored by a panel of three judges: Jaylen Arnold (featured on CNN & Ellen DeGeneres Show), Dr. Ann Larson (professor at University of Louisville), and Lisa Middelton (Regional Director for School-Age Child Care of the Louisville YMCA).

Criteria for judging included:

  • Creativity: How has the student expressed individuality and creativity in the project? 
  • Planning: How effectively and comprehensively did the student plan the project?
  • Execution: How meaningful and effectively did the student execute the project?
  • Impact: What impact did the project have on the student or the community they helped?
  • Presentation: How effective was their slide deck and video in explaining their project?

About the Judges

Jaylen Arnold started his anti-bullying organization, Jaylens Challenge, when he was 8 years old after being bullied due to his medical conditions, Asperger’s Syndrome and OCD. For his work, Jaylen has been featured on television (The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Nickelodeon’s The HALO Effect, CNN’s The Human Factor), profiled in multiple magazines (People, Highlights), and won several awards (the American Spirit Award, World of Children Award, the Princess Diana Legacy Award, for which he was the first American ever honored). Now a college student, Jaylen continues to speak out publicly against bullying.

Dr. Ann Larson is a Professor in the Department of Elementary, Middle and Secondary Teacher Education at the College of Education and Human Development, University of Louisville, as well as Special Liaison to the President’s Office for Digital Transformation. She led the college as Dean from 2014-19 and has also led teams on large federal grants, national and state accreditation of 50+ teacher preparation programs, and steering committees. Her ongoing commitment to teacher preparation and community engagement includes various research interests.

Lisa Middelton is the Regional Director for School-Age Child Care with the YMCA of Greater Louisville. Starting from the ground up, Lisa has dedicated her career to the YMCA and providing high quality out-of-school-time experiences to children. Through that work, she has served as an external program assessor, been named to national Y leadership development groups, and piloted programs from around the country, including working with GGC on its first afterschool programs in 2013-14 school year.