Who’d think that old newspaper and grass clippings would make a good source of automotive fuel? Well, this week’s CV All-Star, Albert Tom, a senior at Clark Magnet High School, is working on a project that just might make that a possibility.
And that’s only one of the groundbreaking projects in which the innovative youth is involved.
Tom, 17, has a passion for marine biology, engineering and robotics. And his interests and activities range from video games to testing for heavy metals in Los Angeles area waters to helping to monitor endangered species of ocean creatures.
“Albert is really quite extraordinary,” said Karen Carlson, Tom’s counselor at Clark Magnet High School.
“He’s an extraordinary researcher and a really cool kid,” she added.
Tom is the son of Suzanne Christiansen, of Glendale and Dick Tom, Jr., of Mt. Washington. He has four siblings: Erica, 22, a Hoover High School graduate; Caroline, 15, a sophomore at Clark Magnet High School; Tyrus, 34, of Las Vegas; and Liza, 35, of Los Angeles.