MHS team rules design contest


A group of aspiring architects from Marianas High School ruled this year’s Green Dream competition at the University of Guam with an entry featuring an ecologically designed hospital on Saipan.

This is the third time that MHS Arc Architects has dominated the University of Guam’s Center for Island Sustainability Conference and Green Dream Competition—the same number of years the CNMI has been represented at the contest,

The Marianas High School Arc Architects successfully placed first and also earned the opportunity to present their model at the Sustainability Conference at the Hyatt Regency Guam this Wednesday.

The concept of the Green Dream competition is to create a model of a sustainable solution for a business or organization.

During last year’s competition, the MHS students created a model of a sustainable school, and the year before that, they created a model of a sustainable home.

This year, the team chose the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. as their building model. As the lone hospital in the CNMI and its inability to make full utility payments to the Commonwealth Utilities Corp., the team decided CHCC would be the best organization to create a sustainable solution plan for.

The MHS Arc Architects consist of the same team members as the previous year. They are Ian Cataluna, Jewel Cubangbang, Michaela Gatdula, Marie Manebo, and Hajin Oh.

Cubangbang is a veteran in the competition and has been competing since her freshman year. Cubangbang will soon enter a college engineering program after she graduates in May.

The Arc Architects were coached by Jeaniffer Cubangbang, MHS cooperative education teacher and also MHS STEM Club adviser.

The team was chaperoned by MHS vice principal Karen Alla and PSS Science Program coordinator Asap Ogomuro.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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