2022 Project Citizen Research Program National Showcase

The 2022 Project Citizen Research Program (PCRP) National Showcase highlighted excellent student public policy projects from schools across the country. The projects were created by classes that took part in the PCRP, a national research project funded through a U.S. Department of Education grant to study the efficacy of the Project Citizen curricular program and teacher professional development. Students tackled topics important to their schools and communities, such as preserving the local tree canopy, decorating graduation caps, needing a school holiday for Eid-al-Fitr, supporting teen mental health, and enacting prison reform. Each region in the PCRP submitted three class portfolios to the national showcase.

The 2022 PCRP National Showcase results and rankings are shown by region below. Congratulations to all classes who participated in the PCRP in the 2021-2022 school year!


Region 1: Western States

Recycling, Christensen Middle School, California - Exceptional

Attendance Dilemma, Toppenish High School, Washington State - Exceptional

Graduation Caps, Toppenish High School, Washington State - Exceptional

Region 2: Mountain/Plains States

Project Citizen Parking, Abilene High School, Kansas - Superior

Teen Mental Health, Mary Our Queen School, Nebraska - Outstanding

Pollution, West Central Middle School, South Dakota - Honorable Mention

Region 3: Central States

Prison Reform, The Chicago Academy of the Arts, Illinois - Exceptional

Drug Abuse, Rock Hill High School, Ohio - Superior

Sewage in Four Pole Creek, Huntington Middle School, West Virginia - Outstanding

Region 4: Southeastern States

Protecting Our Earth’s Natural Resources, Benndale Elementary School, Mississippi - Superior

It's a Food Fight! Transforming School Lunches One Change at a Time, East Amory Elementary School, Mississippi - Honorable Mention

Protecting Charlotte’s Tree Canopy, Pioneer Springs Community School, North Carolina - Exceptional

Region 5: Northeastern States

Eid-al-Fitr, Park City Magnet School, Connecticut - Superior

School Newsletter, Dexter Southfield, Massachusetts - Exceptional

Adulting 101 Class, Leominster High School, Massachusetts - Superior


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