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Cascade View Student Wins National Essay Contest

Cascade View Elementary School student Nate Sohn is among eight national winners in the “Lighting for Pupils” essay contest, sponsored by lighting company Acuity Brands. The contest was designed for students from Kindergarten through fifth grade to construct an essay on “What Lighting Means to Me,” and why it should be in their classrooms. Each of the 135 student submissions was judged on creativity and originality, from the perspective of a future lighting designer.

As reward, the winning students will receive free installation of tunable white lighting for their classrooms. Tunable White lighting allows a teacher to adjust, or “tune,” the color of the light - warmer or cooler- to be just right for the classroom activity. According to Acuity Brands, research shows it helps improve student mood, behavior and focus.

Essay contest winner with teacher
Congratulations to Nate Sohn and his teacher, Mrs. Kellie Smith,
whose classroom will receive new lighting as a reward.
Sohn, a 3rd grade student in Mrs. Kellie Smith’s class, wrote an incredible essay that won his classroom this lighting opportunity. He was the only student to win this award on the West Coast. The winners are from:
  • Buffalo Ridge Elementary - CO
  • Morris Brandon Primary Center - GA
  • George Walton Academy – GA
  • Cossitt Elementary – IL
  • Lehigh Valley Academy – PA
  • Cascade View Elementary – WA
  • Glacier Ridge Elementary – OH
  • Albemarle School – NC 
For more information on the Acuity Brands Lighting for Pupils program, visit: