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Saugus High School student honored for video

Posted: May 21, 2012 1:41 p.m.
Updated: May 21, 2012 1:41 p.m.

Quon poses with Bill Nye the Science Guy during the USA Science and Engineering Festival in April.

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One Saugus High School student's passion for film making and the environment has garnered national attention.

Saugus High junior Cameron Quon recently picked up first place from the 2012 Kavli "Save the World Through Science and Engineering" for his video on the William S. Hart Union High School District's solar panels and Santa Clarita's eco-friendly transit station.

He also had the opportunity to meet Bill Nye the Science Guy during the USA Science and Engineering Festival in April.

Quon was drawn to the solar panels project because of its ability to protect the environment while helping the community.

"It's a win win," 17-year-old Quon said. "The cars get shade and we get energy."

Quon made the nearly two-minute video earlier during the school year as part of a different science video contest. His video was posted online and caught the eye of national competition organizers.

Quon's video bested more than 260 student submissions that covered topics from water to energy to urban planning.

His passion for film-making dates to his junior high school days and has grown at Saugus High, where he serves as president of Saugus News Network, the on-campus broadcast journalism program.

"He creates a masterpiece in his life every single day," Saugus Principal Bill Bolde said. "He's mature beyond his years and I look forward to whatever he does in his life."

Quon, who is the son of a doctor, hopes to one day become a medical doctor, an investigative journalist, or both.

He says he appreciates the work of Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, and hopes to one day model his work to future generations.

"I enjoy researching things that people don't always know about," he said, "and disseminating the information to other people."




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