Grand Junction High School conservation project falls short at the finish line

A team of Grand Junction High School students picked as finalists in the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge did not make the list of top three prize-winners in the contest.

The winners, announced Wednesday, are from a high school in New Jersey. Schools from North Carolina and Virginia placed second and third, respectively.

The challenge tasked high school students with developing a project that may help conserve, clean or protect air, water, climate, land or energy. This is the second consecutive year a team from Grand Junction High became a finalist but not a winner in the nationwide challenge.

As one of 21 finalists in the contest, Grand Junction High School students Trevor Abott, Rachel Martin, Rebecca Roskowski, and John Wyman will receive a “green” prize pack containing eco-friendly products in recognition of their project, which included implementation of electricity conservation, recycling and automatic computer shut-down programs.

Team mentor and Grand Junction High English teacher Steve Brown will receive a prize pack and a year-long membership to the National Science Teachers Association.

Brown said the team wasn’t expecting a win but plans to enter the contest next year as well.


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