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Friday Harbor grad helps lead NY school to $100K international alternative energy prize
Nathaniel Wight, 1995 graduate of Friday Harbor High School, helped found the Bronx Design & Construction Academy (www.bxdca.org) in New York City just three years ago.
Last week, Wight and students from the school traveled to Abu Dhabi to accept the Zayed Future Energy Prize on behalf of the school. The prize carries with it a $100,000 grant, which will be used to build an Energy-Environment Research Center at the school.
Wight is the son of Larry Wight, science and technology program director at FHHS, and Patricia Wight.
The Zayed Prize (www.zayedfutureenergyprize.com), initiated in 2008, is awarded to environmentally responsible businesses, non-governmental organizations and global high schools in honor of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahya, the first President of the United Arab Emirates, which he helped found in 1971.
Representing the Americas, the BDCA Energy Environment Research Center won the prize for its project, an initiative to generate on-site renewable energy from wind and solar power.
Four other high schools from Romania, Malawi, India and Tonga also were selected. In 2013, BDCA was a finalist and runner-up for the prize, according to Wight.