Rewarded for his outstanding science project, Pahoa High School senior wins one-year tuition waiver to UH Hilo

Pahoa High School senior Xavier Talbot’s science project, titled “Analyzing Stellar Binary Systems to Enhance Contemporary Red Dwarf Spin Down Models,” earned him a one-year tuition waiver to UH Hilo, where he plans to major in astronomy and physics.

By Susan Enright

Student in black t-shirt stands next to poster board, which is on a table top.
Xavier Talbot stands next to his poster presentation at the 2020 Hawai‘i District Science and Engineering Fair, held at UH Hilo in February. Photo courtesy Pahoa High School.

A Pahoa High School student is the recipient of a University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor’s Award for his entry in the 2020 Hawai‘i District Science and Engineering Fair. Senior Xavier Talbot‘s project, titled “Analyzing Stellar Binary Systems to Enhance Contemporary Red Dwarf Spin Down Models,” earned him several cash awards, including a one-year tuition waiver to UH Hilo, an award given to an outstanding high school student that will attend UH Hilo in the fall.

Chancellor Bonnie Irwin and Xavier Talbot in a classroom setting.
UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin stands with Pahoa High School senior Xavier Talbot. Photo courtesy of Pahoa High School.

UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin presented the $8,000 award to Talbot at the event, which was held on the university’s campus Feb. 17-18.

Pahoa High School is located in the Puna District of Hawai‘i Island. Talbot plans to major in physics and astronomy at UH Hilo.

Nancy Iaukea, a teacher at Pahoa High and Intermediate who was named a Teacher of the Year in 2011, reports:

One of our students went head to head with the best and the brightest at the District Science Fair and performed extremely well in a very tough competition. He was also the only KKP [Kau, Keaau, Pahoa Complex] student to compete in the senior division this year! Xavier Tablit received many cash/certificate awards – the Sierra Club Moku Loa Dr. Don Worsencroft Award, the East Asian Observatory Research Project Award, the NASA Earth System Science Award, and the U.S. Metric Association Award. Additionally he placed the Best in Subject Senior Division for Physics and Astronomy.

Six placards in different colors rest on the table in front of the poster display.
Notices of the awards won by Xavier Talbot at the science fair are placed near his poster display. Courtesy photo from Pahoa High School, click to enlarge.

But the most incredible news of all was Xavier being chosen to be the recipient of the UH-Hilo Chancellor’s Award!!! This is a One-year tuition waiver given to a prospective high-school student that will attend UH-Hilo beginning Fall 2020. The award was presented by the UH-Hilo Chancellor Dr. Bonnie Irwin and was worth over $8000.00!!!

This was a 3 year continuation project that Xavier completed by “Analyzing Stellar Binary Systems to Enhance Contemporary Red Dwarf Spin Down Models.” Ask him about it and he will gladly go into detail (very deep detail!) on what this project was all about. Xavier plans to attend UH HIlo next fall with the goal of obtaining advanced degree(s) in Physics and Astronomy.

Please let Xavier know how proud you are of him for his hard work, but also for the outstanding representation of our complex and our school at a very intense, high stakes academic event.

 

Story by Susan Enright, a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.