Flathead High School student makes impact to ease hunger


KALISPELL, Mont. - As a freshman, when Sophia Skwarchuk first walked down the halls of Flathead High School, she didn't plan on having a big impact.

"I didn't want to do it at all," she said. "So, no, I didn't think I would be as involved."

Four years later that couldn't be further from the truth for the future Brown University student.

She's a four-time speech and debate national finalist, she was the champion for the biomedical division at this year's science fair and also was a part of the state's youth leadership council.

Flathead High School teacher April Boveng says she's never seen a student with Skwarchuk's drive.

"She's an excellent student inside the classroom, but she's also an excellent student outside the classroom," Boveng said.

Outside the classroom is where Skwarchuk spent months and hours at the Imagine If Library teaching herself how to create an app.

The app is called Montana Eats, and it's designed to end hunger in Montana. It has a list of every city's food bank and contact information all across the state.

Skwarchuk says the app is designed to better help local food banks get exactly what they need.

She says, as a future political science and computer science double major, it's exactly the type of work she wants to focus on.

"Even if the two don't seem associated at first, I think the two can work well together," Skwarchuk said.

However Skwarchuk decides to apply her knowledge, her teacher Sue Brown told NBC Montana, "She will change the world, and it will be a better place."

Before Skwarchuk enlists in Brown University for the fall she said she plans on interning for Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) in Washington, D.C.?

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