Snoqualmie Pass wildlife crossings win scholarships for 2 high school students. Brydon Eakins, a senior at University High School in Spokane and Elaina Thomas, a junior at Garfield High School in Seattle, both received a $1,000 scholarship from the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition.
“We received an amazing response from very talented high school students, making our job to select the best entries an exciting challenge,” said Charlie Raines, contest judge and Wildlife Bridges Coalition director. “Two students stood out in their work, and how ironic that they reside in cities that bookend I-90 in Washington.”
Juniors and seniors from across the state submitted creative scholarship entries. Students were asked to provide concepts that tackle the same problem Washington State Department of Transportation engineers are solving: Building a wildlife crossing over I-90. The crossing had to be similar to the structure scheduled to be built in 2015 near the Price Noble Creek Sno-Park and temporary rest area. The wildlife crossing is part of the second phase of the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East project.
Entries were whittled down to the top five and given to a judging panel of transportation and I-90 project experts. The judging panel included Charlie Raines, director of the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition; Kirk Holmes, director of Kittitas County Public Works; Douglas MacDonald, former secretary of transportation; U.S. Rep Dave Reichert; Sen. Curtis King, 14 legislative district; and Lynn Peterson, secretary of transportation.
Eakins submitted a computer design that focused on an environmentally-friendly crossing while Thomas’ 3-D model focused on safety for wildlife and drivers. The awards were presented on Thursday, June 6.
Read HERE for more information. (Submission entries of the top five)