Kent Denver School Student Wins Pulitzer Center Prize for Essay on Water

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Sophomore Sam Mathews Honored in International Student Competition

Sam Mathews, a high school sophomore at Kent Denver School in Englewood, Colorado, is the winner of the Pulitzer Center Student Journalism Challenge: Global Water. His piece, "Colorado's Water, Making More From Less," addresses how Coloradans will cope with an uncertain future water supply, suggesting that in coming decades the state could face a "million family shortfall" in supplies.

The writing contest drew 37 entries from students in 13 countries: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Lebanon, Mongolia, Peru, Thailand, the United States, Venezuela, and Zambia.

Mathews will receive an iPad 2 and mentoring from a Pulitzer Center journalist to assist in his future reporting. According to the Pulitzer Center, the contest was the result of its partnership with the Washington International School through their Student News Action Network, an online forum that enables student journalists from secondary schools across the globe to use new media to address critical local and global issues in a peer-driven environment.

“A major area of focus at Kent Denver is to make sure that all of our students are global-ready and global-smart,” said Kent Denver Head of School Todd Horn. “This is just one example of how a student takes personal initiative to become more comfortable in a global context. We congratulate Sam on this impressive honor!”

Sam’s essay can be found on the Student News Action Network website:

Additional information and a video clip of Sam can be found on the Pulitzer Center website:

Kent Denver School is a college preparatory day school in Englewood, Colorado, serving students in grades 6 through 12. All members of the Kent Denver community — students, faculty, staff, parents, and administrators — embrace the school's core values: Integrity, Respect, Personal Growth, Community, and Wisdom.

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