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Area Schools Win Solar Olympics


Several area high schools were involved with the 17th annual Solar Olympics, sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service for schools within the WPS region.

Spokesperson Leah Van Zile says the contest is underwritten by the WPS Community Foundation. It's a challenge for participating schools through the "SolarWise For Schools" program. Those schools have a curriculum and solar panels on the school roofs....

"...the teams get to demonstrate in different catagories as it relates to solar innovations and technologies. As examples, we have a solar cooker, a solar water heater, a solar sculpture, photography, we have many different events that students can enter in...."

Van Zile says several area schools did well...

....Antigo high school took two gold medals in the t-shirt design, solar cooker and solar artwork event, Crandon won a gold medal at the art challenge event, Lakeland Union High School won a gold medal at the community outreach event and the art challenge event and Tomahawk won a bronze medal in the car race..."

Since 1996, 50 high schools have joined the program and thousands of students have benefitted from the curriculum package and hands-on learning activities.