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Highland Park teen attends national awards ceremony

Highland Park's Jonny Cohen recently returned from Washington, D.C. where he attended the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. Cohen was invited because he was one of five teens across the nation who took home a teen public service award from the Technology for a Better World Campaign, sponsored by Ashoka's Youth Venture, an organization promoting young entrepreneurs, and Best Buy's Children's Foundation. As a result, he was invited to the Jefferson Awards where he was recognized for his technology award at the gala. Story. He received the award for his invention called GreenShields. These plastic shields attach to school buses, making them more aerodynamic, which are supposed to result in higher gas efficiency. By the end of the summer, Jonny expects to roll out a final prototype. --Photos courtesy of the Cohen family.

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