Meyer, Sequim High senior, wins SEF poster contest

Art teacher Martha Rudersdorf, left, and Walt Johnson, Sequim Education Foundation Engineering Challenge chairman, congratulate the SEF Engineering Challenge poster contest winner Mercedes Meyer. Photo by Patsene Dashiell/Sequim School District

Sequim Education Foundation’s “Mars Rover” poster contest officially kicked off the third-annual SEF Engineering Challenge, which is held Feb. 26 at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club.

Sequim High School student Mercedes Meyer’s entry won first prize, earning the senior $100 cash.

Poster contest rules called for contestants to encourage students in grades K-12 to enter the annual engineering challenge. The foundation’s engineering challenge has students to compete for scholarships in hands-on problem solving competitions. The event is open to all Sequim public school students.

Young people compete against their peers in the elementary school, middle school and high school divisions.

First-, second- and third-place winners receive $1,000, $750 or $500 scholarships in their respective divisions.

The foundation sets up scholarship accounts for winners that may be claimed once they graduate from high school and are accepted to a college or technical school of their choosing.

The “challenge” for 2011 will be a Mars Rover Contest. Contestants are required to build a wheeled vehicle powered by two rubber bands that is capable of traversing a course of water, rock and glass hazards. The vehicle with the shortest elapsed time will win.

Previous foundation engineering challenges have included an egg drop and Popsicle-stick bridge building contests (the challenge changes every year).

Rules and entrance forms may be found on the foundation’s website at



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