Local student earns top honors in Hawaii at premier national science competition

| July 3, 2013 | 2 Comments

Youth from Molokai have received much attention in the field of science and the accolades keep on coming!

Sarah and Lilly Jenkins earned top honors at the Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair in April. Over the past two years, local students have dominated the Maui Schools’ Science and Engineering Fair as well as various robotics competitions.

Erik Svetin entered his baseball with an extra stitch in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and won top honors among all Hawaii youth.

Erik Svetin entered his baseball with an extra stitch in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and won top honors among all Hawaii youth.


Now Erik Svetin, who will be entering Molokai High School this year as a freshman, was selected as the Hawaii winner in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Winners in all 50 states were announced July 1.

The Challenge is the premier national science competition for students in grades five through eight. It is designed to encourage the exploration of science and innovation among America’s youth and to promote the importance of science communication. The competition was launched in 1999 to nurture the next generation of American scientists at a critical age when interest in science begins to decline.

Over the past 11 years, more than 600,000 middle school students have been nominated to participate in the competition, and winners have gone on to speak in front of members of Congress, work with the nation’s top scientists and pursue academic careers in the sciences.

Erik submitted a baseball with an additional stitch to become the top entry in the state of Hawaii. For his efforts, Erik won a Kindle Fire tablet and a certificate.

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  1. Charles Ellis says:

    Congrats from an engineering instructor at Auburn University – we look forward to maybe seeing you at Auburn in a few years! Keep up the good work – we love Molokai..

    • Kimberly Mikami Svetin says:

      Thank you very much, Charles. Erik plans on studying engineering. And, he would love to play collegiate baseball someday. Stop by the ice cream shop next time you’re on Moloka’i; I manage it. 🙂

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