Environmental science students at Klahowya Secondary School are finalists to receive a $110,000 grant from Samsung. Along with Klahowya, 14 other schools have been selected as finalists.
Science teacher Julie Turk helped write a proposal in the fall, which was accepted by Samsung along with 74 others from around 1,500 total school requests throughout the country.
Samsung provided Turk's class with equipment to produce a video about their project, helping salmon return to the Newberry Hill Heritage park, which was then selected as one of 15 finalists.
Five grand prize winners will be announced from the pool of 15 finalist schools on March 5. The five winners will be chosen through multiple means. Schools are divided into three categories: rural, suburban and urban.
One winner will be chosen from each category based on the school's message (how STEM can help our community), project and video quality. A fourth winner will be chosen by a panel of judges picked out by Samsung, Adobe and DirecTV. And a fifth and final winner will be chosen based on public voting on Samsung's website.
Klahowya has already been awarded $40,000 in Samsung technology and Adobe software after being selected as a finalist.
Members of the community may vote for their favorite video once every day through March 4.