Bakersfield Students Win Presidential Environmental Award

Bakersfield FAST Team

Photo: Kevin Crosby

In May, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored the Bakersfield, Calif., Independence High School Falcon Autistic Solar Team (FAST) with this year’s President’s Environmental Youth Award.

FAST members — Royce Fenwick, Kayley Donovan, Erik Mahar, Michael Galarza, Jason Mora and Jose Rodriguez — are special-needs students who travel to neighboring schools to promote solar power.

The team uses solar-powered model cars, a house and a Ferris wheel for demonstrations. The presentations help the students to work on socialization and science skills while advancing environmental goals. The team was sponsored by Independence High School teachers Kevin Crosby and Tim Horton.

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