North Royalton senior wins $100K for school, $250K in scholarships in international competition

US high school student won for himself $250,000 for film explaining Einstein's theory of relativity

Chester earned the award for his creation of a seven-minute video, titled "Some Cool Ways to Understand the Special Theory of Relativity and What It Means About Time", which tries to explain one of the most recognizable works of famed theoretical physicist Albert Einstein.

"A lot of people have heard about it, but not a lot of people understand it". "Before, I was worry about graduating with debt, and I don't have to worry about that now", he said.

Among the recipients were Svante Pääbo, a Swedish biologist who has spearheaded the sequencing of ancient DNA and genomes, and 18-year-old Ryan Chester, who won the inaugural Breakthrough Junior Challenge with his video explaining Einstein's theory of special relativity.

In time for the one-hundredth anniversary of Einstein's theory of relativity, a high school senior from OH won for himself $250,000 in educational prizes for creatively explaining Einstein's theory in a 7-minute film which uses simple props and graphics that he submitted for the Breakthrough Prize, a scholarship granting body founded three years ago by Silicon Valley tech giants Sergey Brin of Google and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.

The film major hopeful won a $250,000 scholarship, $50,000 for his AP physics teacher and a $100,000 upgrade for his school's science lab.

Chester spent two weeks researching the subject, and four days producing his video. Time dilation has been in science TV shows and movies like "Interstellar" so often that I've just accepted it without understanding why it was true.

The school district said no plans have been made on construction.

"For years, I've heard everyone complain about how outdated our science labs are, and it's so unbelievable". "I'm so happy that I can help out the school that I've attended my entire life".

Well, North Royalton senior Ryan Chester sure does.

As for meeting billionaire Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, Chester was nonchalant.


By the way, Ryan also scored a perfect 36 on his ACT.