Zachary Baier, a graduate of Mountain View High School, headed off to Hendrix College with both an academic scholarship and an Odyssey Honors and Distinction Award for Professional and Leadership Development.
Baier is the son of Jeffrey Baier, superintendent of Los Altos School District, and Stacy Baier.
Founded in 1876, Hendrix College was named the country's #1 "Up and Coming" liberal arts college for the third consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. It was in the 2011 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 376 colleges and the 2012 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of 25 "Best Buy" private colleges included.
Los Altos residents Travis Schuh (class of 2012) and Nick Eyre, (class of 2015) were part of the Franklin J. Olin College Human-Powered Vehicle Team that took third place in ASME's HPV East Competition (ASME HPVC EAST) and the 2012 Knovel Award for Design Innovation at Grove Street College in Grove City, Penn.
The team, with their vehicle, titled "Seabagel," placed third overall out of 32 teams; they also took third place in the Design Event, third place in the Women's Speed Event, fifth in the Men's Speed Event, and second place in the Endurance Event. The team also won the 2012 Knovel® Award for Design Innovation for their system for, which allowed for quick and easy height adjustments between tall and short riders.
Olin's HPV team created a great deal of buzz over the Internet with a video of its HPV crashing during one of the events. Even with the crash, Olin still won the heat, according to the school press release, and the rider was unscathed, due to the enhanced rollover protection system.
— Patch Staff