I want to express my gratitude to all of you who supported me through the events we created at my Foundation. Your support provides the really needed dreams that we bring to the student with special needs, and, at the same time, you all helped me to have our voice heard through all the awards and titles I received. These are the awards and recognitions that I received during the 2022/2023 school year:
On August 18, 2022, I was informed that my aquaponics project won the Student Ideas for a Better America from the National Museum of Education.
This Museum is the only organization in the U.S. that preserves and archives Student Inventions in our National Gallery for America's Young Inventors. By winning this competition I received a nomination to the National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors. The National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors is a museum of young American inventors whose ideas hold promise to a positive impact on our society. Its purpose is to preserve and promote great inventions produced by America’s youth. The National Gallery inducts up to six young people in grades K-12 annually. In this way, the National Gallery is taking the great ideas of America's youth and enshrining them forever.
On September 13, 2022, my STEM project, the aquaponics received its nomination as finalist at the Project Paradigm receiving a first level award.
On November 14, 2022, I was awarded the winner of my class Spelling Bee.
I have given two presentations at the 2022 International Kids Conference:
- Sustainable Food Production
- Preventing the Extinction of the Araucaria angustifolia
On November 26, 2022, I have received three awards for those presentations:
- The Outstanding Storyteller Award
- Impressive Visual Paper Award
- The Remarkable Presenter Award
On November 20, 2022, I received the following awards during the Miss Sunshine Charity Pageant in Orlando, FL:
- Miss Sunshine Charity Pagean- Ambassador - 1st Runner-up
- Miss Sunshine Charity Pageant - Pre-teen 2nd Runner-up
- Miss Sunshine Charity Pageant - Talent 1st Runner-up
- Miss Sunshine Charity Pageant - 1st Runner-up
On January 28, 2022, I received the following awards during the Miss North lorida Scholarship Pageant in Mariana, FL:
- Miss North Florida Scholarship Pageant 2023 Role Model Award
- Miss North Florida Scholarship Pageant 2023 Platform
- Miss North Florida Scholarship Pageant 2023 - 2nd Runner-up
On March 5, 2023, I received honorable mention award at the Trust for Sustainable Living Essay Competition. They have received a total of 1,215 entries from 227 schools in 62 different countries!
On March 25, 2023, I was appointed Miss Pageant Sisters, Pre-Teen Division in Jacksonville, FL..
On March 31, 2023, I was awarded the First Place at the 2023 EnergyWhiz Competition promoted by the Florida Solar Energy Center at the University of Central Florida! I participated in the Critter Comfort Cottage which challenge students to create an eco-friendly environment for pets. My project was the already previously awarded sustainable aquaponics, now awarded 5 times and featured in 4 conferences! I also was the winner of the 2023 EnergyWhiz Quest, a type of treasure hunt for the competition!
Click here to see my project!
On April 14, 2023, my shock absorber STEM experiment was selected as a finalist at the Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors from the University of Akron. As part of the finals, I will create a video demonstrating my invention.
Click here to see the official announcement!
The finals results were announced on May 26, 2023 and I was awarded second place in the competition.
On April 22, 2023, my Sustainable Aquaponics team got First Place at the University of Central Florida 2023 EnergyWhiz in-peraon Competition in Cocoa, FL. We also received the Wow Factor Award in the competition!
Click here to see our project details!
On April 24, 2023, I received the Silver Award at the 2023 ICIA Innovation Award with my Sustainable Food Production solution. In addition, I received a Certificate of Appreciation for my participation at their International Cultural Night which was done in person for the locals in Indonesia and remote for us. The video below shows my participation.
On May 3, 2023, I was informed that my project, the Sustainable Food Production, positioned my Timberlin Creek Elementary as the Rookie Elementary of the Year in the State and in the National level at the NEED Youth Awards Competition.
On May 17, 2023, I was informed that my project, the Fungi Dish, has been selected as a finalist at the MARS Innovation Challenge organized by Explore Mars, Inc. The video you see here was my entry into this competition. In it, I create a possible Mars Colonization based on fungi! This project was also awarded at the best project in my age group!
On May 23, 2023, I graduated from Timberlin Creek Elementary School, I have a big journey ahead, but I will sure miss the 6 years I enjoyed at this school. I also received the Straight "A"s Award and I am very excited for that. Here are some photos of the event:
Photo 1: Graduation ceremony started
Photo 2: Receiving the diploma
Photo 3: Receiving the graduation medal
Photo 4: Singing
Photo 5: Receiving the Straight "A"s Award
Photo 6: Line up for the Straight "A"s (front row)
On May 23, 2023, I was recognized by the President of the United States for the project I have worked on raising awareness of the dangers of the Araucaria angustifolia going extinct. The Araucaria angustifolia is a tree in Southern Brazil that is very important or the colonization of that region. It is even featured in the State flag and other local symbols, and it provided timer and the "pinhao" which is a local delicacy. The "pinhao" is the seed of the Araucaria angustifolia and it is very nutritive.
I received on this day the President's Environmental Youth Award which was given to me through the United States Environment Protection Agency (US EPA).
The official awarding ceremony will take place on August 3, 2023, in Wahington, DC.
Click here to see the official award announcement! I was the winner on EPA Region 4.
On May 26, 2023, I was informed that I was awarded second place in the Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors from the University of Akron. Here is the official announcement:
On June 20, one of the projects I submitted to the Paradigm Challenge was selected as the 2022/2023 Finalist. It is the Sustainable Food Production that I am working with the team I assembled below. Looking forward to the next phase which will define the overall finalists. The official announcement from Paradigm Challenge can be seen here:
On July 1st, I received the news that I was selected as a finalist at the National Innovator Challenge with my project on Sustainable Food Production.
On July 27, 2023, I was informed that my Sustainable Food Production App that I created for my project was Quarterfinalist at the Technovation Girls Challenge Competition.
On August 2, 2023, I have been informed that my Sustainable Food Production project received a second recognition from an international organization. This time, the British International Education Association awarded me the Tinkers Award. I am honored to have international presence! I was also invited to be an exhibitor at the BIEA Competition International Showcase at the Museum of London on October 17 and the Youth Forum on Climate Change at the House of Parliament in London on October 18.
On August 3, 2023, I officially received the 2023 President's Environmental Youth Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
It is important here to point out the heroes who worked with Nicole on this awarded Araucaria angustifolia Project:
- Emanelle Kanegoski, Miss Dream 2023 and face of the project
- Dorival and Meire Vicente, Ambassadors and Consultants of the If You Can Dream Foundation
- Nei Haveroth, Environment Secretary of Cascavel City
- Nina PiasTrelli and Luiz Haad, reporters of TV broadcast CATVe
With all that is going on, it is time for a vacation. Here are the details of my Summer Adventures: