Redmond High students win $9,000 at WSU “Imagine Tomorrow” competition

Students from Redmond High School (RHS) placed second in the Technological Challenge category and third in the Design Challenge category at the "Imagine Tomorrow" 2010 competition at Washington State University last weekend.

Students from Redmond High School (RHS) placed second in the Technological Challenge category and third in the Design Challenge category at the “Imagine Tomorrow” 2010 competition at Washington State University last weekend.

The students won a total of $9,000 with half of the winnings going to the students and the rest coming back to RHS.

Participating students were Julian Theberg, Ashianna Stoll, Will Young, Chris Large, Logan Dougherty, Curty Rusch, Chris Chalmers and Makie Matsumato-Hervol.

“Over the past three years, RHS has won $38,000 at this contest in which $19,000 has gone to RHS,” said award-winning RHS environmental science teacher Mike Town.

“Look for an additional 3K of solar panels, new on-demand water heaters and/or a disc golf course in the future at RHS, thanks to the students,” Town added.

The Imagine Tomorrow program brings educators, scholars and industry leaders together to address a scientific topic, such as energy sustainability, by answering any of four challenges: technological, behavioral, design or multidisciplinary.

RHS has won multiple awards for its energy-saving measures which are modeled by both teachers and students and have been implemented at schools throughout the Lake Washington School District and nationwide.

In April, Town won the NEA Foundation’s inaugural Green Prize in Public Education because of that program, the Cool School Challenge, which emphasizes how small steps toward energy conservation can have a huge impact on the environment.

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