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Rota student wins first prize at Guam Science Fair

ESKUELAN San Francisco De Borja student Michael Jon C. Cantil won first place in the Energy and Invention Category during the 40th  annual island-wide Science Fair held at the University of Guam on May 4 and  5.

Mary Rose Lucero, Science Fair coordinator of ESFDB, said the announcement was made during award and recognition day at Guam’s Hilton Resort & Spa on May 19.

Michael Jon Cantil.  Contributed photoMichael Jon Cantil. Contributed photo

Cantil, who won first place in the Grade 6 to 8 category at the CNMI STEM Fair on March 10, was among the commonwealth delegates to the Guam event.

Funding for their travel to Guam was provided by the Public School System. 

Cantil’s project was the “Smart Street Lighting System.”

The 13-year-old student said his goal is to help the CNMI conserve electricity by using control-system technology in connection with street lighting.

 “The system is said to reduce energy consumption by up to 65 percent, and reduce maintenance costs by as much as 90 percent,” Cantil said.

ESFDB principal Carmen Atalig, who chaperoned Cantil on Guam,  said the judges were very interested in his project.

Lucero said this is the second time an ESFDB student has won in the Guam Science Fair.

 “In 2013, our student Angelica S. Lucero won first place in the same division.  Last year, our Eianne Ladao won third place in Life Science Category Division 1.”

Cantil said he is grateful to his teachers Ed Maratita, Rose Lucero, Flor Chavez and ESFDB principal Carmen Atalig for supporting him during the CNMI-PSS STEM Fair competition and the Guam Science Fair.