Thursday, June 14, 2012

High School Student Extraordinaire Camille Posard Adds D.C. Award

Keep an eye out for Camille Posard, UCLA Class of 2016. Based on her extra-curricular accomplishments at Carlsbad High School, she will be heard from in scintillating different ways over the next four years while earning her undergraduate degree.

For the moment, Posard is being honored in Washington D.C., presented tonight with a 2012 Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship in the amount of $5,000. The same, matching amount will also be donated to her charity Donate, Don't Dump, just the latest positive impact made by her documentary One in Seven: The New Face of Hunger.

It started as a journalism class project about the struggles faced by families of active duty military members when trying to put food on the table. From there, Posard raised $66,000 and expanded the assignment into a documentary that has screened at various film festivals. Add in a stints as captain at the 2011 and 2012 U.S. National Dance Team Championships and her inclusion on a Carlsbad Patch list of "San Diego County's Top 30 Leaders Under 30" and, well, how are you going to change the world for the better?

Posard (right) at 2011 San Diego Film Festival premiere

Per the press release:

"The scale of human suffering was staggering in every city we filmed," Posard recalls. "After learning that 96 billion pounds of edible food goes into U.S. landfills every year, my compassion turned to outrage, and I began recruiting other teens."
As co-founder and vice president of the non-profit Donate, Don't Dump, Camille and her sister work to minimize edible food waste by restaurants and grocery markets in San Diego County. Donate, Don't Dump educates businesses about food waste and provides opportunities for them to donate surplus food to those in need.

Previous grads of Carlsbad High School include athletes Shaun White, Tony Hawk and Troy Glaus.

[One in Seven: The New Face of Hunger]

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