Holtville High School science students being recognized at December's school board meeting.
(From left): High School Principal Anthony Arevalo, Dean of Students C.J. Johnston, students Kayla Nunez, Hadley Guillen, Leonela Gonzalez, Abigail Garewal and Amelie Strahm, and science teacher Bonnie Sorenson. | Alfredo Guzman photo
HOLTVILLE — The science team at Holtville High School was successful in winning a nationwide competition. It entered the Lexus Eco-Challenge and was one of the few schools selected to win a prize of $10,000.
The project was started in September
and the team found out it won Nov. 21.
This project, which was titled
Salton Sea Pollution Patrol, was based on a trip to the Salton Sea months
This winning group consists of
Andree Rodriguez, Ella Hoyt, Amelie Strahm, Hadley Guillen, Kayla Nunez,
Abigail Garewal, Leonela Gonzalez and advisor Bonnie Sorenson.
The students said they are
excited their work was not going unnoticed and that they were able to bring
more attention to the concerns arising from the Salton Sea.
The project consisted of
running tests on water samples they collected from the massive body of water.
When asked how she felt when
she discovered the group had won, Abigail Garewal responded, “I’m glad we get
to be rewarded for all our hard work as a group.”
The reward was nothing to be
overlooked. Out of the $10,000 each student along with their advisor received
$1,000 and another $2,000 was awarded to the school science program.
Abigail also expanded on the
workload by saying, “It got kind of tedious at the end. We were working (on the
project) every single day,”
Sorenson also had much to say
on why she believes the project benefited the students by saying the project
“gives the student career ideas.”
Working on a project this
large exposed the students to real-life scenarios and inspired them to want to
find solutions to these issues, Sorenson added.
The group’s project has been entered
into another competition that consists of the four winners of the Land and
Water Challenge. It also entered an Air and Climate project and the students have
faith their hard work and determination will take them very far in the