BR team prepares for virtual finals in Samsung contest

The five Blue Ridge students pictured are one of 20 finalists in the national Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. From left are Trever Miller, age 14; TJ Hess, age 11; Kaitlyn Drevnick, age 12; consultant Ryan Flaherty and Sarah Milofsky, age 12. They designed a remote sensor for measuring water levels in water catchments used by wildlife in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

PINETOP-LAKESIDE — Blue Ridge Junior High School in Lakeside was named one of 20 National Finalists across the country in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.

As a finalist, the team and their teacher, Kevin Woolridge, were slated to travel to New York last in April to compete in the final stage of the contest.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the junior high school students are now preparing to virtually present their projects on Wednesday, May 27 for a chance to win $100,000 in technology and be name one of five National Winners.

These students designed a sensor for water catchment tanks to provide wildlife with water as the southwestern U.S. continues to face ongoing drought — check out their video at

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Laura Singleton is a reporter for the White Mountain Independent, covering Show Low city government, business and education.

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