In March, we announced the Recycle Energy Scholarship with our partners Lex Brodie’s and GreenFleet Hawaii. This weekend, we were incredibly proud and excited to award our winner, Kiana Wilson, with a $1,000 scholarship check for her to employ as she begins her career to environmental technology and alternative energy.
Kiana’s scholarship application was tremendous. Even at her young age, she has an impressive list of accomplishments in the field of environmental technology and alternative energy. We trust that Kiana will use her scholarship award to better herself and help to create a better future for us all. Some excerpts from her application:
As a sophomore I successfully extracted a fair amount of ethanol from Morinda citrofolia [noni], a native Hawaiian plant, which earned my way to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Reno Nevada. Using a refractometer and centrifuge, I worked with a BYU Chemistry Professor, testing how much ethanol can be extracted from this native Hawaiian plant. The International Science Fair is the world’s largest pre-college science fair, where 6 million students compete and only 1500 finalists are selected to showcase their research and analysis. I was fortunate enough to win the District Fair and be qualified to attend the International Competition. I also shared my project at a renewable energy expo hosted by the University of Hawaii and was mistook for a graduate student (when I was only 14).
After this experience I was motivated to focus on renewable energy technologies and spent two years learning about a $200 million dollar wind farm that was built next to our high school. I was one of the only videographers allowed to document the construction project and interview the construction workers. As a junior I explored another renewable energy method by doing an in-depth research project on using used oil as gasoline by converting it with a large-scale centrifuge. I attended the Kahuku Science Academy and studied Chemistry and Physics with Dr. Kevin Baize and Dr. Dale A Hammond after school for two semesters.
I have also spent months studying aquaponics. I am fascinated by the symbiotic relationship between fish and plants in aquaponics and how ancient Hawaiians were once the masters of sustainability by raising large amounts of fish in ponds and lo‘i fields.
In addition to her magnificent set of accomplishments, Kiana also spent three years on the Kahuku Debate Team, won first place nationally in a video documentary competition with her ‘Don’t Text and Drive’ entry, is part of the National Honor Society, and was instrumental in establishing the first film club at Kahuku High School. She is a leader and a dedicated and good-natured individual, and she greatly deserves this scholarship award.
Sunetric truly believes that our youth is our greatest renewable resource and that by investing in them we are investing in a better future. We are happy to present Kiana with this $1,000 scholarship this afternoon and after reading her application, trust she will use it to better herself and help to create a better future for us all. Kiana is a shining example of a student who will use this scholarship to better herself and also better the future for all of us.
Our keiki are our future, but they are also our present – our greatest renewable resource. When we invest in them now, we enrich the entire community and ensure a smarter, healthier, better future. At Sunetric, our devotion to sustainability and innovation in environmental technology extends beyond full-service solar, and the opportunity to offer this scholarship and directly assist in the education of an environmentally-minded and dedicated young person is extremely rewarding and important to us.
We are proud of Kiana and cannot wait to see just how she changes our world for the better.
Kiana with her scholarship check from Sunetric.
At the scholarship check presentation: Kiana Wilson’s father, a KSSK representative, Sunetric CEO Alex Tiller, Kiana’s mentor, and Lex Brodies President Scott Williams.
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