FPC takes first, second and audience's choice wins at 2022 MedNexus challenge

The 2022 UNF MedNexus Innovation Challenge was open to high schoolers from St. Johns, Flagler and Volusia Counties.

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Two Flagler Palm Coast High School seniors won first place in the 2022 University of North Florida MedNexus Innovation Challenge.

UNF partnered with the City of Palm Coast to host this year's challenge, themed on improving sleep quality in young adults. The challenge was open to high school students in St. Johns, Flagler and Volusia Counties, competing in teams of two to five. The presentations and winner announcements were held on Nov. 16 at Palm Coast City Hall.

FPC teams won first and second place, as well as the new Audience Choice Award.

Cameron Driggers and Roymara Louissaint wont first place with their project “Redshield,” a screen protector that would block blue-light from devices and emit red-light during sleeping hours, according to the FPC website. The two each won $1,000 scholarships.

Driggers said he was shocked, but that it felt great to win, especially after seeing how many other amazing projects were presented.

“This whole experience been really amazing in giving us a voice, letting us prove ourselves,” Driggers said.

Roymara Louissaint, who won second place in the 2021 MedNexus challenge, said she took her experience from last year and used it to refine their approach this year.

“It’s really been — not even just about the win, but the experience in general was really good,” Louissaint said. “This project has really opened my mind to business ventures.”

Second place went to FPC students Brandon Herrmann, Ryder McDowell, Savannah Miranda, and Kimora Sanchez, with a $750 scholarship per student. The Audience Choice Award went to Glynnis Gong, Brendan Wang, Greyson Peugh, Chloe Long, and Nicholas Groth, who will share a $1,000 scholarship prize.


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