Announcing the Winner!

Announcing the Winner: Tova Kleiner

On June 4, 2017, the three finalists traveled to New York City to visit Cooper Hewitt and present in person to the esteemed judges. Congratulations to Tova Kleiner for being named the winner of the 2017 National High School Design Competition.

What’s Next for the Winner?

The winning design will be featured at Cooper Hewitt during National Design Week (October 14–22, 2017), at the Target Fenway store in Boston, and on The winner will have the opportunity to learn more about design through inspiring mentoring opportunities:

  • Trip to New York City during National Design Week to attend Cooper Hewitt’s Teen Design Fair on October 17, 2017, where the winner will explore college and career opportunities in design with some of the country’s leading designers and representatives from design colleges and universities.
  • Trip to visit Target’s headquarters in Minneapolis in summer 2017 to learn more about Target’s role in design within the health and wellness space.

Meet the Finalists

After reviewing entries from across the country, Cooper Hewitt announced the finalists for the 2017 National High School Design Competition on April 7. This year’s competition challenged students to design a solution for improving a community’s access to healthy, fresh foods. The finalists are: Anne Jang, of Irvine, California; Tova Kleiner, of New York City; and Rostam Reifschneider, of Rancho Santa Fe, California. Congratulations!

Read more about this year’s competition.

Anne Jang, age 18, Irvine, CA

University High School

My design adds to the infrastructure of stations and streets. Way-finding signs would easily guide people to a nearby store or farmer’s market for groceries, instead of convenience stores. It provides the healthier alternative people need in order to thrive.

Tova Kleiner, age 14, New York, NY

SAR High School

My design delivers fresh produce to seniors and homebound people. Produce is sourced from local farmers and markets, packaged into a special divided container based on longevity, and delivered weekly by students. Containers are sterilized and reused.

Rostam Reifschneider, age 17, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

La Jolla Country Day School

The Comida Fresca stand offers fresh food options, with a buy 1 get 1 free deal. Day laborers will eat lunch and receive a take home box for dinner. They will pay a subscription fee, so they can pay when they find work, and still eat when they don’t.

Mentor Day

The finalists traveled to Boston, MA to attend Mentor Day on May 13 at the studio of National Design Award Winner Design that Matters, led by Timothy Prestero, founder and CEO, Design that Matters and Hildreth England, Assistant Director of the Open Agriculture Initiative, MIT Media Lab. Finalists took a deeper dive into the design process, learned more about how designers are solving global challenges, explored innovations in food systems, and worked on finalizing their presentations for Judging Day.

Timothy Prestero, Founder and CEO, Design that Matters

Timothy Prestero is the founder and CEO of Design that Matters (DtM), a nonprofit organization based in Salem, MA. Design that Matters (DtM) collaborates with leading social entrepreneurs and hundreds of volunteers to solve problems in global health for and with the poor in developing countries. A former Peace Corps volunteer and an MIT graduate, Tim has worked in two dozen countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He is a Martin Fellow at MIT, an Ashoka Affiliate, and a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow. DtM’s NeoNurture Infant Incubator was named #1 of the “50 Best Inventions of 2010” by TIME Magazine. DtM’s Kinkajou Microfilm Projector has allowed thousands of adults in Mali to achieve literacy. DtM’s Firefly infant phototherapy device is treating thousands of newborns in twenty counties, including Vietnam, Myanmar, Ghana, and Haiti. In 2012, DtM was named the winner of the National Design Award in Corporate and Institutional Achievement.


Hildreth England is the Assistant Director of the Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg) at the MIT Media Lab. Hildreth manages people, potential, and partners at OpenAg. She leads research in user experience and interaction design, fusing her expertise in health behavior change with emotion-based design methodologies and persuasive technology to create easy, engaging, positive behaviors in food systems. She is a Registered Dietitian and designer who has spent the last fifteen years leading communications, policy, and technology development projects in the public and private sector. Hildreth holds degrees from Georgetown University and Texas State University, and recently completed a food innovation and design fellowship at the Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia in Italy.