The Marianas High School’s clash with other Guam schools resulted in the Dolphins securing the People’s Choice Award along with placing third overall in a competition held recently at the University of Guam.
The 2017 UOG Sustainability Conference and Green Dream School Competition at the Hyatt Regency Guam was a competition that aimed to interest students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through designing a green sustainable school model.
The UOG center for sustainability program coordinator Phil Cruz announced last Thursday that the MHS Dolphinatic Architects won the People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award is given to the design that garnered the most votes from attendees of the conference.
The MHS sustainable action plan included a maintenance plan with projected costs as the student’s research showed that maintenance costs were not factored into some energy solutions implement in other schools on Saipan.
Kagman High School also represented Saipan, along with Saipan Southern High School. KHS placed fourth while SSHS was not able to place in the rankings.
The MHS Dolphinatic Architects consists of head architect Ian Cataluna, data manager Anjenette Cubangbang, modeler facilitator Michaela Gatdula, head researcher Marie Manebo, researcher Hajin Oh, and modeler Melissa Santos.
The Dolphinatic Architects also placed first at the 2017 CNMI Public School system Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Fair and at the 2016 UOG Green Dream Competition.
The students presented the sustainability action plan through aerial video and PowerPoint that incorporated ingenious renovations that are not only eco-friendly, but innovative and cost-effective as well.
“[The design] can actually be used by the Public School System and MHS for future consideration,” said PSS STEM coordinator Jeaniffer Cubangbang.
Cubangbang hopes that next year, the same group, starting off as strangers but developed a bond over the competition, would join the tilt anew.