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R2I2 STUDENT INNOVATION CENTER WINS 2021 IBRAHIM JANAJREH YOUNG INNOVATOR AWARD

11/9/2021

An awards celebration is taking place Tuesday, November 9, 2021 for students and instructors at the Richland Two Institute of Innovation R2i2 Student Innovation Center. The R2i2 team of students that developed and presented the COVID Contact Tracer for the 2021 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition is the winner of the 2021 Ibrahim Janajreh Young Innovator Award. The Award, sponsored by Michelin NA, was established in 2005 to recognize successful South Carolina programs that engage, encourage and acknowledge young people in the areas of science, technology, math and innovation.



The R2i2 Student Innovation Center is receiving this special InnoVision Award for its success in preparing students to compete in national innovation competitions that focus on STEM disciplines. The R2i2 team was a national finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition and received $65,000. 

“To be recognized as the 2021 Ibrahim Janajreh Young Innovator Award winner is an absolute honor. Being chosen to receive this award means we continue in the great tradition of
Dr. Janajreh as forward thinking problem-solvers and passionate innovators. Our students and staff will forever recall this achievement and use it as inspiration when seemingly impossible challenges present themselves,” said Kevin Alberse, R2i2 Student Innovation Center Director.

The R2i2 team includes current students Faith Aiken, Haley Fetzer, Malaki Hall, Joseph Hicks, Jermaine Johnson, Drake Lesher, Jasmine Montalvo, James Wilcher, Jackson Phillips – and spring graduates Kiana Wilcher, Devereaux Blake, Dylan Purday, and Nicholas Brown. The instructors are Kirstin Bullington, Robin Jones and Nicolas Jones.

The R2i2 Student Innovation Center focuses on preparing students for the workplace, certification programs and/or higher education. Students in grades 10-12, from all five of the district’s high schools, take courses at R2i2 including App Development and Coding; Next Energy Engineering; Marketing and Social Media; Pastry and Baking; 3D Printing and Design; and Animation and B.E.A.T.S. (Beginning Engineering of Audio, Technology, and Sound).

The annual InnoVision Awards Celebration begins at 4 p.m., Nov. 9th. 
Link for Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Video