Santana students wins gold, silver at Engineering Olympics

"Santana engineering students celebrate their accomplishments."

Engineering students from Santana High School dominated at San Diego State University’s Engineering Olympics, winning gold and silver for multiple competitions throughout the day.

The inaugural event was hosted by the Pacific Asian Society of Engineers and tested students’ knowledge of mechanical, civil, and computer/electrical engineering. Sixteen students from Santana High School competed against a total of 64 students from around the San Diego County.

The first competition had students building paper bridges, which were tested on strength. Santana students Nathan Garrett, Victoria Hilke, Colton Gerry, and Cole Stromberg built a bridge that supported an impressive 25 lbs., taking first place. Santana's all-girls team received third place for their paper bridge, which held 15 lbs. The team consisted of Narrie Loftus, Sarah Wilson, Makayla Mcfarland, and Morgan Boyce. 

Nathan Garrett's group earned first place once again during the second competition, which had students wiring an electronic breadboard and answering questions related to electricity. Second place went to another Santana team, which included students Brandon Taing, Derek Cantor, Shane Kirk, and Trevor Seddon.

In addition to competing, students had the opportunity to showcase their engineering projects and interacted with students from the many engineering clubs at SDSU.

The Pacific Asian Society of Engineers is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the development and awareness of the Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, provide academic support to members and other underrepresented students, and to help increase preparation in the field of engineering.

About the Grossmont Union High School District

The Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) serves approximately 16,500 students in grades 9-12 residing in the eastern San Diego County cities of El Cajon, Santee and Lemon Grove, most of the city of La Mesa, a small portion of the city of San Diego, and the unincorporated areas of Alpine, Dulzura, Jamul, Lakeside, and Spring Valley. GUHSD consists of nine comprehensive high schools, two charter high schools, one continuation high school, two alternative education sites, three special education facilities, a middle college high school program, a Career Technical Education (CTE) Program, and an adult education program.

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