Desert Wind Middle School students presented their Future City concepts to university professors. Submitted photo

Submitted by Jennifer Szoltysik, Desert Wind 20+1 Instructor

On Feb. 15, students from Desert Wind Middle School (DWMS) were invited to show off their award-winning “Future Cities” projects at the Arizona Science Center and Desert Botanical Gardens.

These presentations are part of the Sustainability Solutions Festival that is happening statewide throughout the month of February.

The two teams, Gronn Vekkelse and Novos Comecos, won two of the five Walton Sustainable Community Awards at the Arizona Regional Future Cities Competition in January. As highlight to their day at the Arizona Science Center DWMS students presented to professors from the Arizona State University’s College of Sustainability as well as hundreds of curious kids and parents.

Team members include:

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Submitted photo

Team Gronn Vekkelse – Alysa Huffman, Henry McCloskey, Parker Hunsaker, Project Manager – Matt Whitley, Alternate – Kian Pack

Team Novos Comecos – Savannah Shelabarger, Jordan Levy, Rhiannon Reed, Project Manager – Jaden Pyle, Alternate – Landen Thomas

For more information about Desert Wind Middle School, the District’s 20+1 Program or the Maricopa Unified School District visit



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