Breaking News: #DataViz Headline Challenge—Congratulations to our Winners!

This spring, The New York Times Learning Network’s “What’s Going on in This Graph?” and the American Statistical Association teamed up for the This is Statistics 2022 Spring Contest 

For this year’s Breaking News: #DataViz Headline Challenge, students showcased their statistical literacy and journalism skills by submitting clear and compelling headlines for The New York Times graphs in four weekly challenges throughout the month of March. At the end of each week, a distinguished panel of judges made up of experts from the American Statistical Association and The New York Times Learning Network reviewed the submissions to identify the week’s top headlines.   

The #DataViz Headline Challenge received 1,038 student headline submissions from more than 500 students across the country and the world.   

The overall winners comprised six high school students, and four undergraduate students from across the country and the world, with some ties.  

Congratulations to our winners! 

Middle School & High School Winners 

First Place

Headline: Road to Success: Global Gen Zers Envision Different Paths (view the Week 1 Graph
Student: James Roberts
Sponsor: Laura Ringwood 
School: West Lake High School, Austin, Texas

Headline: Gas, Milk, and Meat, Oh My! Consumers Notice Price Increase of Basic Items (view the Week 4 Graph)
Student: Mary Lousia Leopold
Sponsor: Ms. Sylvia
School: School Without Walls High School, Washington, DC 

Second Place

Headline: Scorching Heat to Chilling Cold: 2021’s Weather Breaks Records (view the Week 2 Graph)
Student: Supra Kuchibhatla
School: International Academy East High School, Troy, Michigan 

Headline: Wallet feeling light? Americans say the price of necessities like gas and food is creeping higher (view the Week 4 Graph)
Student: Alex J. Choi
School: Crean Lutheran High School, Irvine, California 

Third Place

Headline: Cool or shine, it’s not divine in 2021: 10.6% of weather records broken in South or West at peak (view the Week 2 Graph)
Student: Samuel Jebaraj
Sponsor: Claudia Smith
School: Valley Christian High School, San Jose, California 

Headline: INFLATION AGITATION: Americans Feeling Pain at the Pump and Dinner Table (view the Week 4 Graph)
Student: Winston Li
Sponsor: Claudia Smith
School: Valley Christian High School, San Jose, California 

Undergraduate Winners 

First Place

Headline: Ukrainian Refugee Flows Poised to Break Records, With Most Headed to Poland (view the Week 3 Graph)
Student: Zoe Spicer
Sponsor: Jacob Smith
School: Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 

Second Place

Headline: Leading Factors of Success: How Young Americans Differ from Other Nations History (view the Week 1 Graph)
Student: Vanessa Ortiz
School: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 

Third Place

Headline: Roots of success according to 15-24 year-olds (view the Week 1 Graph)
Headline: Purchasing Power: Products and Services that have seen their prices rise dramatically according to Consumers (view the Week 4 Graph)
Student: Tropel Célia
Sponsor: Lynn-Martinsons Nadine
School: Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France

Headline: Gen Z’s Story: My Success, My Business. But Their Country’s Level of Income May Have A Say (view the Week 1 Graph)
Student: Quynh Anh Nguyen
School: University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 

Educator Winner

In addition to the student contest, This is Statistics encouraged educators to briefly, tell us how they use “What’s Going On In This Graph?” or the #DataViz Headline Challenge in their classrooms. Those who participated were eligible for a randomly selected winner to win a gift card, and to be featured in upcoming This is Statistics and New York Times Learning Network content to share their insights with other educators.  

By random selection, our winner is Claudia Smith!  

Ms. Smith said:

“I use the DataViz Headline Challenge as a weekly assignment. My students love the challenge of getting to be creative in creating a headline that showcases their understanding of the data visualization as well as journalism skills. They provide proof that they submitted a headline by forwarding the confirmation email to me. That allows me to see what they submitted and provide general feedback to my classes about what makes a great headline.”

Stay tuned for a roundup of educator tips and advice later this month.  

Thank you to all who participated in the #DataViz Headline Challenge! 

Be the first to know about future contests by signing up for our email list. 


Weekly Challenge Graphs

Week 1 Graph


week 1 graph

Week 2 Graph


Week 3 Graph, Part A


Week 3 Graph, Part B


Week 4 Graph



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