Persistence Pays

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

— Albert Einstein

Back in February, I gloated a little about my son Zachary who was selected to represent his school at the Northwest Regional Science Expo in March. Today was that day.

A day off school and a trip to a major university in downtown Portland was the reward for all of the competitors. But the road Zachary took to get there was a bumpy one.

After getting an invitation to compete, he decided to completely redo his experiment. The goal was to take his first experiment with dye-sensitized solar cells farther, and isolate and analyze just the anthocyanin in the fruits. Over the course of the two weeks preceding the competition, he isolated specific concentrations of the chemical, built dozens of specially-coated solar cells, measured, tested, and analyzed.

Zachary Winger - Science Fair Champ. First time wearing a tie.

This week, as he finished his testing, he spent many late nights (2am?!) putting together his reports, tables, and speech. By the time Friday got here, he was a tired boy.

But in the end, he was rewarded for his efforts. These are the awards he won against over 400 other students from throughout the region:

  • Tom Owen Award for Excellence in Statistics (earning him $50)
  • “Outstanding In Solar” Award (earning him a tour of the Solar World facility)
  • Best Use of The International System of Units
  • An Invitation to apply and compete to be a Finalist in the Broadcom Masters National Competition in Washington D.C.
  • 1st Place in the category Physics. (earning him $50)

Persistence paid off for Zachary. And I’m once again a proud papa.

Today’s gift of time – My only role was to loan one of my ties and go with my wife, spending part of an afternoon supporting my son and his classmates. They all were winners.  

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4 Responses to Persistence Pays

  1. Congratulations to Zachary on a job well done. And, congratulations to Zachary’s parents on their work in progress. Persistance pays! We are proud parents of a 2nd year med student.

    • Eric Winger says:

      Hi Lisa,

      Last year, we had an exchange student from Albania. This year she is in Romania starting her studies. She too is studying medicine like your son or daughter. I know how hard it is for her right now, so I can empathize.

      But like you say, persistence pays, and all that hard work will pay off!

      Eric

  2. Correction…persistence. 🙂

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