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JFK wins Green Home competition

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JOHN F. Kennedy High School’s model home incorporating a thermo-electric generator and sea water air-conditioning system bested 13 other entries in last Saturday’s Green Dream Home High School Competition, an event organized by the University of Guam Center for Island Sustainability (CIS).

This year’s competition featured entries from nine high schools including public, private, and DODEA schools. The student teams presented model homes incorporating ideas on what makes a sustainable, energy-efficient home in Guam.

Angel Lee, a junior at JFK, conceptualized the winning model home which harnesses the power of heat for electric generation and natural sea water for cooling the home. Her model home also has an aquaponic system, which re-circulates for growing vegetables and raising fish which is combined with drip water irrigation.

Lee said she put in a lot of research for her model home, including document reviews, interviews, and site visits.

“When you focus and get real passionate about something, you are going to know more about it, and when you go to one piece of information, it leads to other information. I am looking forward to next year’s competition,” Lee said.

JFK teacher and competition advisor Colette Beausoleil said Lee is interested in pursuing a career in architecture and her participation in the contest would serve her well in her future career.

“I wish her all the best and I am proud of her accomplishments today,” Beausoleil said.

Other winners

Father Duenas Memorial High School’s Jason Wu, Aaron Carbullido, Steven Dauterman and James Ma placed second in the competition.

Meanwhile, George Washington High School Team 1 bagged the viewers’ choice award and also placed third in the competition. The GW team is composed of Eric Delfin, Alistina Wheaton, Thealanie Monkeya, Claret Aguon, Angelina Bagaforo, Edward Suarez, and Cameron Dudkiewicz.

Delfin, who heads the GW team, said their idea is to bring back the indigenous island way of life while incorporating elements of modern technology.

Their model home, he said, will utilize materials available on the island such as bamboo, which will be reinforced with steel framing for durability and additional protection from the natural elements.

For sustainability purposes, the model home will also have composting, aquaponics, and a sustainable garden system.

UOG CIS Sustainability Coordinator Elvie Tyler said the university has successfully organized the competition for two years now.

The competition’s educational component spurred student interest to do research on the elements of a sustainable home that is viable and buildable on Guam.

After the success of the competition, UOG CIS is gearing up for their annual conference next week, which will feature presentations and discussions on solutions for a sustainable future.

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