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Battle High School student earns prestigious scholar recognition

Battle High School student Ava Kitzi has been named a Norman Borlaug Scholar as part of the World Food Prize Youth Institute. Each year, the World Food Prize Youth Institutes across the country convene high school students, teachers, and experts to explore and solve local, national and global hunger and food security issues. To apply to the institute, students research and write a paper on a global challenge related to hunger and food insecurity.  Ava was selected to participate in the Missouri Youth Institute hosted by the University of Missouri with the generous support of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), the Missouri 4-H, and the Missouri FFA .  Ava will now represent Columbia Public Schools at the Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa.  Ava will have the opportunity to work with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates and discuss pressing food security and agricultural issues with international experts.  This honor also qualifies Ava to be a candidate for the prestigious Borlaug-Raun International Scholarship.