Have you ever been so bowled over by the brilliance of a teen that it leaves you speechless?
This past fall, I was busily tucking tiny kale seeds in to the warm soil of the Hutchison farm, when a freshman girl wandered in through the gate.
"Hi, Mrs. Riddle! My name is Elizabeth. I've designed a solar-powered vegetable wash station that will allow us to capture the gray water from the sink into a cylindrical chamber that will clean the water using a small motor and a UV filtration system. Would you like to see it?"
Me: [blink, blink]
"I've created a budget for it and preliminary blueprints."
Me: [jaw falls slightly agape.]
Pulling myself together, I ask her which class this is for, and who's giving her credit for this.
"Oh no," she says, "I'm doing this just for fun."
For fun, I later find out, in between her classes, quiz bowl competitions, and running tech for two school plays, but I digress.
Working with our director of facilities, Elizabeth fine-tuned her idea and got her plan and budget approved. This week, she's coming out to campus (during her summer vacation!) to build her brainchild. I'll show y'all the completed project once she's finished, but I was too excited to keep the lid on this for any longer.
Here's to brilliant young women!