District Five team named state winner in national contest

Dutch Fork High School’s #SamsungSolve team has been selected as a 2021-2022 State Winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Dutch Fork High School is one of three teams statewide to earn this prestigious honor.

Team members include Robert Faison, Wyatt Johnston, James Maner, Emma Meihofer, and Julia Sullivan. The students are working to develop an automotive sensor and app that detects potholes, sends the sensor reading and GPS location to an app, and then notifies the user to approve or delete submission of the information to the appropriate Department of Transportation road repair site.

“It’s great to see their hard work celebrated as they work to develop a #STEM solution to an issue that impacts our local community,” Dutch Fork High School engineering teacher Robin Amick said.

Each year Samsung asks public school students across the nation to dream, develop, and build solutions to problems facing their communities.

“We are so proud of the hard work and accomplishments of our students at Dutch Fork High School,” said principal Dr. Gerald Gary. “The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow program has been a great opportunity for our students to work with the skills they have acquired in our STEM program to solve real-world issues. These students have represented our community well and are fulfilling our school mission to “Enter to Learn- Go Forth to Serve.”

As a state winner, the students will receive $6500 in Samsung electronics and supplies and will now move forward to compete in the national competition for a chance at $100,000 in prizes.