Valley Team a Finalist in Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest


Loudoun Valley High School has been named one of 20 National Finalists in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.


This contest encourages teachers and students to solve real-world challenges in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). As a National Finalist, Loudoun Valley High School will receive $50,000 in technology.


The Loudoun Valley team noticed an increase in stop-sign violations in Purcellville and was concerned by the threat these violations pose to students as both pedestrians and drivers. The team designed and built an electronic add-on system for any stop sign called iStop that improves safety for students. The interactive system gives drivers feedback on their speed, rewards them with a surprise icon if they come to a complete stop and logs the number of good and bad stops.


Members of the Loudoun Valley Team include Danny Weist, Thomas Weist, Ryan Ebrahimi, Jeffrey Polivka, Alison Pike and Christina Thornton. They are coached by math teacher José Rodriguez.


Loudoun Valley High School students will travel to New York City and compete in the final event before a panel of judges – presenting their project idea and sharing how it will benefit the local community and beyond.


At the final event, five National Grand Prize Winners will be chosen by the judges and awarded $100,000 in technology. In addition, one school will be named the Community Choice Award winner and take home an additional $10,000 in technology. The Community Choice winner will be determined by online public voting.


You can vote online for Loudoun Valley High School to become this year’s


Community Choice Award winner at Public voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 30.