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High school students win at alternative energy challenge

imagine-tomorrow-alaska-logoPULLMAN, Wash. – Approximately $100,000 in cash prizes was awarded to high school teams from Washington and Idaho at the Alaska Airlines’ Imagine Tomorrow competition.

Hosted by Washington State University’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, Imagine Tomorrow is WSU’s annual problem-solving competition for students in grades 9-12. In its ninth year, the contest challenged students to seek new ways to support the transition to alternate energy sources with a primary focus on energy sustainability.

Skyview High School team from Vancouver, Wash., was one of the top winners.

More than a dozen categories were awarded, with first prizes worth as much as $1,500 per school and $300 for each team member.

Some of the top honors included:

Most innovative: Vancouver iTech Preparatory, Vancouver, Wash.
Most inspirational: Walla Walla High School, Walla Walla, Wash.
Northwest Advanced Renewable Alliance (NARA) biofuels challenge: Tesla STEM High School, Redmond, Wash.
Boeing aerospace challenge: Pullman Christian School, Pullman, Wash.
McKinstry built environment challenge: Skyview High School, Vancouver, Wash.
Community impact awards: La Center High School, La Center, Wash., and Tri-Tech Skills Center, Kennewick, Wash.

For more information about the Imagine Tomorrow competition, visit

More than 120 teams and 30 schools participated, including:

Idaho: Classical Christian Academy, Post Falls; Kuna High School, Kuna; North Idaho STEM Charter Academy, Rathdrum; Vision Charter School, Caldwell;

Washington: Academy of Construction and Engineering, Marysville; Ballard High School, Seattle; Bonney Lake High School, Bonney Lake; Camas High School, Camas; Cascade High School, Everett; Cedar Heights Junior High, Port Orchard; Eatonville High School, Eatonville; Edmonds Heights K-12, Edmonds; Ellensburg High School, Ellensburg; Henry Foss High School, Tacoma; Henry M. Jackson High School, Mill Creek; Klahowya Secondary School, Silverdale; La Center High School, La Center; Lake Roosevelt High School, Coulee Dam; Lake Stevens High School, Lake Stevens; Liberty Bell High School, Winthrop; Northwest Nuclear Consortium, Olympia; Olympia Regional Learning Academy, Olympia; Pullman Christian School, Pullman; Pullman High School, Pullman; Quincy High School, Quincy; Redmond High School, Redmond; Skyview High School, Vancouver; TAF Academy, Federal Way; Tesla STEM High School, Redmond; Tri-Tech Skills Center, Kennewick; Vancouver iTech Preparatory, Vancouver; Walla Walla High School, Walla Walla.

Imagine Tomorrow is sponsored by 39 corporate, educational and scientific organizations including Alaska Airlines, Boeing Co., BP America Inc., NARA and McKinstry.


Tina Hilding, communications director, WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture 509-335-5095,



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