Homer student named one of CNY's "Young and Amazing"
Andrew Fagerheim’s enthusiasm for engineering and renewable energy has earned him recognition as a recipient of the CNY Young and Amazing award.
The Homer High School junior received the Young and Amazing Award for Academics in Engineering and Technology, sponsored by O’Brien & Gere, and a $500 scholarship. Eight award winners were selected from over 100 entries.
The award recognizes Andrew’s passion for using engineering principles to develop environmentally friendly solutions, both at school and in the community. “It’s a huge honor,” Andrew said.
As a member of the Environmental Club’s Green Team, Andrew works on projects to promote sustainability and speaks to student groups statewide about environmental issues. The Green Team has created a garden and greenhouse for student use, a composting system for the high school cafeteria, and a solar charging station that students can use to recharge Chromebooks and phones. Currently, Andrew and the Green Team are working with the mayor of Homer to help the village take advantage of the state’s Climate Smart Communities program.
Andrew plans to study engineering in college and will continue working on renewable energy projects. He credits his family, Environmental Club advisors and his engineering teacher Mr. DiMattei for their support. “We have amazing engineering classes here,” he said.