Pictured (L to R) Dana Hills Principal Jason Allemann, Laura Hirst, Troy Chimenti, Rick Stinson and Landon Brewer. Hirst and Chimenti were recognized for their essays on energy conservation last Wednesday. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
Pictured (L to R) Dana Hills Principal Jason Allemann, Laura Hirst, Troy Chimenti, Rick Stinson and Landon Brewer. Hirst and Chimenti were recognized for their essays on energy conservation last Wednesday. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

By Andrea Papagianis

Two students in Rick Stinson’s intro to renewable energy class at Dana Hills High School received recognition and prizes last week for their ideas on local energy conservation.

Senior Laura Hirst and junior Troy Chimenti were awarded $150 and $100, respectively, by ARS, a residential heating and air conditioning company, for their conservation ideas surrounding nano-technology, eco-industrial parks, LED lighting and recycling.

“My essay focused on innovation and implementing ideas now,” Hirst said. “We should be implementing ideas now, because if we wait for them to be perfect, they will never be implemented.”

ARS partnered with the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation earlier this fall for the first “Think Green” contest, encouraging students in seventh- through 12th-grades to think about energy conservation. Two middle school students from Niguel Hills were also awarded prizes.

“The students impressed us with the level of creativity and enthusiasm they brought to the project, and we hope this will be the first of more green community initiatives,” said Colin Martodam, ARS regional manager.

A $500 donation was also made to the CUSD Foundation. For more information on the foundation, visit www.cusdfoundation.org.

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