Franklin High School’s A.P. Environmental Science class has been busy trying to address an problem that impacts our city: the urban runoff contaminating the L.A. River. Students of Jomel Villamil installed screens to collect trash, contained and filtered storm water, and studied the impact human life has on the river’s ecosystem (all while looking great in white lab jackets). Now they’re in Washington D.C. where they’ll be recognized today for their work, which, along with the video below, won Samsung’s “Solve for Tomorrow” contest. “I’m more than proud,” said Villamil. “It’s unbelievable. Kids from Highland Park are not really known for this but here we are representing California.” As a prize, the students will be meeting Representative Xavier Becerra and Senator Barbara Boxer and the school will receive more than $100,000 in technology products. How’s that for extra credit?
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