Mikayla Long and Calvin Mwirigi, both students at Nevada High School, presented their scholarly research papers at the World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute held Monday, April 24, at ISU Hilton and Iowa State University campus.


Long’s research paper focused on the challenge of malnutrition in African countries. Mwirigi’s paper focused on water and sanitation in Kenya. Mwirigi’s immersion session was even more meaningful, since he was born and raised thirty kilometers north of Nairobi.


There were over 340 students in attendance from 61 high schools in Iowa at the Iowa Youth Institute. Several other Nevada High School students volunteered to set up for the event on Sunday, April 23, in Hilton Coliseum. Kevin Cooper, Nevada High School agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor, also helped with setup on Sunday, and attended the entire youth institute on Monday. Long is hopeful that she will be considered for the prestigious Global Youth Conference held in the fall, in conjunction with the World Food Prize.