Homer High School freshman Elise Webber was the bigger winner at last night’s Caring For the Kenai presentation, taking home $1,600 cash. Webber designed an app for mobile devices to help guide residents through natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions…
Webber: “Well I thought, a lot of the conventional methods for keeping you safe for disasters, many people, this generation, they blow it off, it’s not really cool or new, but with this, it’s something they can do on their smartphone and that’s pretty cool.”
Webber’s app was chosen over 400 other entries as the best response to the prompt: “What can I do, invent, or create to better care for the environment of the Kenai Peninsula, or to improve the area’s preparedness for a natural disaster?”
Other winners included Shaylee Rizzo of Nikiski with her Missy the Moose campaign and Tayla Cabana of Homer with ad underwater cleanup day for the Homer Spit.
In addition to the $7,500 in individual cash prizes awarded to around 20 students, $20,000 was donated to the science departments of schools that participated in the competition this year.