MUSD takes five awards in Future Cities competition

By Staff

January 28, 2013 - 8:40 am
MUSD blended-learning students at Saturday's Future Cities competition. Submitted

Students and teachers from MUSD20+1, the district’s blended-learning program at Maricopa Wells Middle School, won five awards Saturday in the state’s Future Cities competition.

The three teachers in the program – Robyn Rice, Joseph Szoltysik and William Lange – received the Educational Exellence Award.

“All of the students received many compliments on their cities and their presentations on solving the problem of storm-water runoff,” teacher William Lange said.

Teams of students built 13 cities of the future with movable parts. While none are going to the national competition in Washington, D.C., three Maricopa Wells cities received four state awards.

Listed by category, city name and student names, those winners are:

Best Essay
Liee a La Vie
Reece Thompson, Stephanie Cabangcalan, Emily Taft, Kaitlin Chamberlain

Award of Distinction
Aether
Joseph Rice, Evan Grace, Emma Lee Morano, Ethan Moore

Architectural Excellence Award
Aether
Joseph Rice, Evan Grace, Emma Lee Morano, Ethan Moore

Walton Sustainable Community Award
Nuovo Inizio
Cady Hayes, Elijah Northern, Ryan Hahn, Jada Stratman

Saturdays competition was held at Arizona State University Preparatory Academy and the theme for the 2012-13 competition was “Rethink Runoff: Design clean solutions to manage storm water pollution.”

The top five winners going to competition during National Engineers Week Feb. 16-19 are: City of Bahai is 2013 Arizona Regional Champion, Veritas homeschoolers; City of Elysium, Our Lady of Perpetual help, second place; City of Navre La Ville, Copperwood Elementary School (Peoria Unified School District), third place: City of Eureka, Orangedale Junior High School (Balsz Elementary District), fourth place; City Izdeehar, Phoenix Metro Islamic School, fifth place.

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