Two rising seniors from Nikola Tesla STEM High School (Tesla STEM) used mapping to tackle an important issue for a local endangered species. Siddhant Porwal and Druhin Bhowal brought awareness to the Southern Resident Orca Whale (SROW) population decline through state and national ArcGIS mapping competitions.
Four STEM students place in top three in regional Holocaust writing, art and film contest
Nearly 600 students in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska put together inspiring work at this year’s Holocaust Center for Humanity (HCH) contest. Out of all those entries, four Nikola Tesla STEM High School students placed in the top three. This year’s “Celebrating Life: 2022 Holocaust Writing, Art, and Film Contest,” put on by HCH, challenges students to explore the history and stories of the Holocaust.
Tesla STEM senior Cameron Yetzer took home first place in the high school art category. Yetzer created a 3D sculpture of a hand inside barbed wire. According to the HCH website, the sculpture “represents an offer of help to his peers, while at the same time representing the physical embodiment of hope.”
Tesla STEM students swept the high school film category. Maxwell Soh, senior, won first place for his film that centered on a child who escaped the Holocaust at a young age and ended up in Seattle where he taught in Lake Washington School District. Seniors Phillip Araujo and Rohan Iyer placed second and third place, respectively.
Tesla STEM teacher Jenai Sheffels said the following about the contest: All my seniors created art or film this year and the art is proudly displayed on the back wall of my classroom. In the words of HCH, “By participating in the contest, students are carrying on the stories of Holocaust survivors, sharing the lessons of the Holocaust, and making an impact.” I am so proud of all of them.