About Rachel Matto:  I am a 16-year-old student who is currently in her junior year at Manheim Township High School in Lancaster, PA. I'm part of the International Baccalaureate Program and am the president of the Aevidum Club at my school. I was also part of the Spanish Immersion Program and am a member of the National Honor Society. In the future, I hope to pursue my passion for art and find a fitting career in that field.

Judges' Statement

Rachel, an International Baccalaureate History classmate of Lauren Craig at Manheim Township High School, wins Honorable Mention for her very clean map, which accomplished all three of her objectives – competitive elections, equal population and majority-minority districts.

Personal Statement

My IB History teacher was very helpful in giving me input while creating my map. The values I sought most to prioritize were competitive elections and equal population because I firmly believe that everyone deserves equal representation and should have their voice heard.

The most challenging aspect was having to cut up certain counties in order to keep their population range at bay. That was something that I tried to avoid as much as possible, though in some very populated areas it was inevitable.