St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica School, Beaumont, eighth-grader Karl Branch was selected as the grand prize winner of the Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP “Super Cool Career Shades Challenge,” a social media campaign encouraging Southeast Texas teens to think about their future careers.

Branch received an iPad mini and his school was awarded $2,000 for its science program which was presented to him at an assembly in the Cathedral Basilica School gymnasium May 4. Chevron Phillips also gifted free sunglasses to all of the students and faculty at the assembly to represent the students’ futures being bright.

For his entry, Branch submitted a video of a Rube Goldberg experiment which used an inclined plane, screw, pulley, lever and wedge to pop a balloon after a series of triggered movements.

Students from ages 13 to 18 across Southeast Texas were invited to post a photo, video or original artwork to Instagram with a brief response to the question, “What do you see for your future career?” using the hashtags: #supercoolcareershades and #sweepstakes. Winners were randomly selected from qualified entries.