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Kamloops high school student wins $25,000 scholarship

Kamloops Grade 12 student Jonah Saemerow won a $25,000 scholarship with STEAM Horizon. He is one of five recipients from across Canada to win the award and the only winner from Western Canada.
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April 24, 2019 - 11:49 AM

KAMLOOPS — A student from a Kamloops High school landed a $25,000 STEAM Horizon scholarship.

Grade 12 student Jonah Saemerow of Valleyview Secondary School has been awarded with the scholarship for his passion of wanting to help northern communities who rely on diesel generators for power, according to a media release from the Kamloops-Thompson School District.

He's one of five kids from across Canada to receive the scholarship and the only receipient from Western Canada to win the award, the release says.

His application for the scholarship outlined his plan to become an electrical engineer and introduce northern communities to renewable energy and then connect them to the grid.

“Diesel generators are bad for the environment and unreliable — often schools cannot open when power is interrupted. I think that is horrible,” Saemerow said in the release. “School is a right and without access to education, students lose important opportunities.”

About 130,000 Canadians living in 300 remote communities still rely on diesel for power, according to a 2019 article by The Narwhal.

The scholarship will allow recipients to make achievements in the field of science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

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