What lemming said.
I've been in the tech industry for a while now (~4yrs), and frankly email is a fairly standard way of receiving and reviewing applicants these days. That said, I can promise you emails like the one posted by Dom do not get responses. Your email should be a professional letter, the same as you would send via more old fashioned means. It should still contain a resume, and should either act as a cover letter or come with a cover letter attached with the resume. Most of my coworkers do 99% of their work correspondence through email and other digital means these days, and reviewing applications are no exception. With email, just like with a letter, or a traditional hardcopy resume + cover letter - if your presentation is not professional, you cannot have much expectation for success.
That said, the kid is 17, and probably hasn't even had that portion of Language Arts/English class. I remember those 'How to write and format a professional resume' days in High School.