One of Spring's highlights for Ellen and me is the Sierra Environmental Studies Foundation TechTest Survival Breakfast. This is the 4th year that SESF has sponsored TechTest, and our fourth opportunity to sit down with some of Nevada County’s best and brightest high schools students.
This year all the students at the breakfast were from Nevada Union, as Bear River did not participate in TechTest2010. The Truckee students competed for the TechTest Scholarships, with two students in the top ten, but chose not to brave Donner Pass this morning. Past Top Ten TechTest winners also came from Truckee.
Photo of students and parents gathering at Tofanelli"s
One of the joys of the breakfast is learning about student ambitions and discuss the their vision for the future. All but one of the students is planning on going to college. One young man has enlisted in the Air Force seeking a career in para-rescue. He wants to jump our of airplanes, and let the Air Force pay for his college education.
The top three TechTest awards this year are First Place $6,500, Second Place $4,400 and Third Place is $2,100. More details on the TechTest Program can be found on the SESF Web site here. After Award Night at the high school all the winner names and awards will be posted on the SESF Web siteThis year Telestream was our first TechTest corporate sponsor and in 2011 the SESF Board of Directors will be seeking more corporate sponsors for TechTest 2011. Our goal is to increase the value of our scholarship program and to support Nevada County’s best and brightest students seeking a career in science and engineering. They are Nevada County's future wealth creators.