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Area Schools Compete In Solar Olympics, One Wins Event

May 17, 2012

Antigo High School won one of the events at this year's Solar Olympics. The 16th annual event, put on by Wisconsin Public Service, was held Tuesday at UW-Stevens Point.

The event is put on by the utility as part of their SolarWise for Schools program. Over 40 high schools in the utility's coverage area is part of the program. The program allowed WPS to install solar panels to the school building and provide equipment and curriculum materials to help teach students about solar energy.

In regards to the Solar Olympics, each participating SolarWise for School district is allow to enter various items that are powered by solar energy such as a cooker, water heater and model race car. In addition there are entries dedicated to helping to spread the word about solar power though items such as t-shirt designs, photography and marketing campaign.

For this year's Solar Olympics, a total of 22 schools took part. For Antigo, their team members were winners in the Solar Jeopardy contest that took part on campus, testing teams on their knowledge of solar energy. Also taking part in the event was a team from the Elcho High School.

A full list of winners can be found online at wisconsinpublicservice.com and look under 'News Releases'.

by Rusty Mehlberg

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