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Valley a Winner in Samsung Solve for Tomorrow


Loudoun Valley High School has been named one of 100 state winners in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.


Now the Vikings have some homework to do.


As the winner for the state of Virginia, Loudoun Valley will receive $15,000 in technology from Samsung, including a video kit.  Valley’s students will use these tools to produce a three-minute video about their project addressing student safety.


Once Valley’s video is submitted in the next round of competition, a total of 20 schools will be named national finalists and will receive an additional $50,000 in technology products.  From the pool of 20, five national winners will be announced.  Those schools will receive $100,000 in technology.


The students’ project addresses the local issue of stop-sign violations and the threat they pose to pedestrians and drivers going to and from school.  Their proposed project is an electronic add-on system for any stop sign called iStop.  The interactive system gives drivers feedback on their speed and rewards them if they come to a legal stop.


It is the second time math teacher Jose Rodriguez’s students have earned the honor. Another team from the school’s STEM Club was the state winner in 2016.


Team members include:  Ryan Ebrahimi, Alison Pike, Jeffrey Polivka, Christina Thornton, Daniel Weist and Thomas Weist.