La Jolla High School ninth-grader Adam Hersko-Ronatas was named a National High School winner and 12th-grader Jaena Han was named the State of California High School winner of the 2011 Igniting Creative Energy Challenge on Friday, April 22 at a ceremony at the school. The challenge is a partnership program developed by Johnson Controls, Inc. and the National Energy Foundation.
Hersko-Ronatas was recognized for a self-narrated video about the importance of weatherizing buildings to conserve energy. Han was recognized for artwork she created that illustrates how people can save energy and water each day.
As one of four national winners, Hersko-Ronatas will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2011 United States Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C. in mid-June, along with a Flip Video camcorder. Both winners receive a solar-powered backpack.
The Igniting Creative Energy Challenge is a program that asks K-12 students to develop creative ways to conserve energy and encourage sustainability.
For more information about challenge, visit the Igniting Creative Energy website at