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For the third year in a row, a team of students from Maricopa will represent Arizona on a national stage.

Students from Maricopa Wells and Desert Wind Middle Schools competed at the Arizona Future City Competition Jan. 25. Once again, a team of students from Maricopa Wells Middle School won the STEM-based engineering competition. The team earned an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete at the Future City National Finals.

Marley Polosky, Allison Rice and Nicolas Yendrzeski will compete at the National Finals on Feb. 14-19. The students will be accompanied by their teacher, Janell Hudson, and engineering mentor, Robyn Rice. Marley and Allison were members of the team thatwon the Arizona competition last year, making this their second trip to the National Finals.

Maricopa Wells Middle School 1st Place Team

In addition to winning the competition, MUSD students earned a total of 19 awards. MWMS students won 12 awards and DWMS students won seven awards, taking home half of the total awards from the state-wide competition. The MUSD Middle School students demonstrated their knowledge of STEM by presenting projects which designed a resilient and futuristic water supply system for a city of the future. The following awards were presented to MUSD students at the competition.

Maricopa Wells Middle School Awards:

 

1st Place: Salt Lake City
Marley Polosky, Allison Rice, Nicolas Yendrzeski

Best Application of Quality Concepts to Future Cities: Salt Lake City
Marley Polosky, Allison Rice, Nicolas Yendrzeski

Walton Sustainable Community Award: Salt Lake City
Marley Polosky, Allison Rice, Nicolas Yendrzeski

Most Sustainable Infrastructure: Santa Barbara
Bella Cox, Elin Dayley, Gracie Rogers, Amyah Clark-Martinez

Award of Distinction: Santa Barbara
Bella Cox, Elin Dayley, Gracie Rogers, Amyah Clark-Martinez

Walton Sustainable Community Award: Santa Barbara
Bella Cox, Elin Dayley, Gracie Rogers, Amyah Clark-Martinez

Special Award for Project Management: Santa Barbara
Amyah Clark-Martinez

Best Functioning City: Lindol Central
Maryn Atkinson, Rylan Blader, Genevieve Thompson

Best Scaled Model: Lindol Central
Maryn Atkinson, Rylan Blader, Genevieve Thompson

Rich Goewey Community Awareness Award: Sedora
Jo Anne Coronado Rivas, Ava Sorenson, Maximilian Voigt, Luis Quiroz-Sanchez

Walton Sustainable Community Award: Jericho
Siera Bazzel, Ana Pumarino Arcos, Chelsey Sholes

Most Innovative Design: Chennia City
Emmanuel Batrez, Stephanie Jones, Zachary Velchek

Maricopa Wells Award Winners


Desert Wind Middle School Awards:

Best Computer Model: Mek’ele
Akira Babb Valerie Hernandez, Nevaeh Livingston, Trevor Schoreder, Briana Zamorano Ramirez, Sariah Strong

Best Presentation: Santa Clara
Jazmin Perry-Marr, Lauren Roman, Chloe Armstrong, Abigail Judd, Kenton Wilson

Popular Choice: Havana
Kailynn Sanders, Alannah Flores, Kyara Lizarraga Celaya, Jessica McVay

Best Land Surveying Practices: Zavala
Megan Pedro, Catherine Correa, Rayaunna Olds, Blake Brasher, Ruby Boyle, Alexa Gomez Fuller

Best Futuristic Transportation System:  Santa Clara
Jazmin Perry-Marr, Lauren Roman, Chloe Armstrong, Abigail Judd, Kenton Wilson

Best Complex System of Systems Approach:  Zavala
Megan Pedro, Catherine Correa, Rayaunna Olds, Blake Brasher, Ruby Boyle, Alexa Gomez Fuller

Best Communication System: Nueva Esperanza
Mara Fortunato, Robert Knorr, Ayden Krehbiel, Mikaylin Whitley, Abigail Barba, Morgan Bell

Desert Wind Award Winners

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The Innovacia team of Joseph Abel, Rylee Tarcola, Morgan Witte, Aubryana Pick and Alexis Herrera from Maricopa Wells Middle School won the Arizona regional of Future City competition and a free trip to Washington, D.C. Submitted photo

The MUSD middle school 20+1 programs finished first and second place in the Arizona Regional Future City Competition.

A team of students from Maricopa Wells Middle School, who named their city Innovacia, won the Arizona Regional Future City competition. The team has won an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Nationals Future City competition on February 16-21. The team members are Joseph Abel, Rylee Tarcola, Morgan Witte, Aubryana Pick and Alexis Herrera. Their engineering mentor is Robb Witte. The teachers are Robyn Rice and Joseph Szoltysik.

A team of students from Desert Wind Middle School, who named their city Juntos, finished in second place. The team members are Isabella Ebner, Boston Hamerick, Conner Manning, Emmy Balgaard, Sara Earle and Kaden McKenzie. Their engineering mentor is Steve Hull. The teachers are Shannon Hull and Jennifer Szoltysik.

In addition to winning the first- and second-place awards, teams from Maricopa Wells and Desert Wind Middle Schools won several other awards at the competition. The 20+1 students from Maricopa Unified School District won 8 of the 16 society awards given at the Arizona Regional Competition.

Desert Wind Middle School’s Juntos team of Isabella Ebner, Boston Hamerick, Conner Manning, Emmy Balgaard, Sara Earle and Kaden McKenzie placed second in the regional. Submitted photo

Maricopa Wells Awards:

1st Place: Innovacia – Joseph Abel, Rylee Tarcola, Morgan Witte, Aubryana Pick, Alexis Herrera

Best City Essay: Veneti Visione – Thomas Abel, Kaden Rogers, Zoie Zimpleman, Robert Hahn, Elin Dayley

Best City Model: Sottena – Matea Bernales, Brianna Coronado, Dimitri Freeman, Lauren Jurado, Jacobey West

Best Short Video: Sottena – Matea Bernales, Brianna Coronado, Dimitri Freeman, Lauren Jurado, Jacobey West

Award of Distinction: Nanahi – Amelia Gross, Dylan Hahn, Victoria Richardson, Aleyhia Marshall, Tanis Palmer

Best Land Surveying Practices: Vicoso – Elena Antunez, Maverick Miller, Bailey Rigby, Sawyer Coatney, Milo Coatney

Best Design for Sustainability: Orimos – Rori Gosiak, Alexander Grace, Emma Kulinowski, Natalie Weeks, Joshua Kulinowski

Community Awareness Award: Innovacia – Joseph Abel, Rylee Tarcola, Morgan Witte, Aubryana Pick, Alexis Herrera

Most Innovative Structure: Veneti Visione – Thomas Abel, Kaden Rogers, Zoie Zimpleman, Robert Hahn, Elin Dayley

Walton Sustainable Community Award: Veneti Visione – Thomas Abel, Kaden Rogers, Zoie Zimpleman, Robert Hahn, Elin Dayley

Desert Wind Awards

2nd Place: Juntos – Isabella Ebner, Boston Hamerick, Conner Manning, Emmy Balgaard, Sara Earle, Kaden McKenzie

Best Future Transportation System: Juntos – Isabella Ebner, Boston Hamerick, Conner Manning, Emmy Balgaard, Sara Earle, Kaden McKenzie

Best Team Effort: Toro de Barcelona – Jailynn Cannon, Molly Jorgenson, Sadie Titus, Baily Martinez, Stephany Villanuevos Carrasco, Emma Huffaker

Most Innovative Design: Juntos – Isabella Ebner, Boston Hamerick, Conner Manning, Emmy Balgaard, Sara Earle, Kaden McKenzie

 

DWMS hallways were crowded with projects waiting to be judged. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Desert Wind Middle School Blended Learning students competed in Future City on Thursday, hoping for a chance to take their idea of a futuristic community to state or even national competition. Maricopa Wells Middle School also staged a competition a day after presenting projects to Maricopa City Council members.

DWMS winners advancing to regional competition:

Alda
Beau Gel
Juntos
Mirai
New Glasgow
Sumou
Terreno Verde
Toro de Barcelona

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The Sura team from Maricopa Wells earned second place in the state with their Future City idea. Submitted photo

Students from Maricopa Wells and Desert Wind Middle Schools 20+1 programs took home 16 awards at the Arizona Regional Future City competition at ASU on Saturday.  Teams from Maricopa Unified School District took second and third place.

The competition gave out a total of 34 student awards, with 16 of those going to MUSD students.

Maricopa Wells Middle School students earned a total of 12 awards. Team Sura finished second place in the state.
Awards also went to teams Purnea, Tiago, Novara, Liyong Kongjian and Schone Stadt.

Robyn Rice, one of the teachers in the 20+1 class at MWMS, said, “I was repeatedly stopped by engineers and Future City directors who told me how impressed they were with our students. The co-director of Future City Arizona said that our students were a ‘class act’ and every one of them impressed him with their intelligence and kindness. I am so proud to be their teacher and watch their success.”

Joseph Szoltysik, one of the teachers in the MWMS 20+1 class, said, “It’s always rewarding to watch your students succeed at something they’ve worked so hard to attain.  I couldn’t be more proud of all MWMS students.”

Desert Wind Middle School students earned a total of four awards. Team Jakarta finished in third place in the state of Arizona. The team of La Perla Renacida also earned an award.

Jennifer Szoltysik, one of the teachers in the 20+1 class at DWMS said, “We are very proud of all of the Future Cities participants from Desert Wind Middle School. They worked extremely hard over the last four months and represented both the school and the district well. It’s always exciting as a teacher to see the students’ work showcased at such a prestigious event.”

Eight teams from Maricopa Wells Middle School and eight teams from Desert Wind Middle School traveled to ASU to compete in the Arizona Regional Future City competition. The teams had to complete a virtual computer model of a city, write a research essay around this year’s theme of Public Spaces, build a scaled model of their city, and create a 5-7 minute presentation about their city. The teams competed at the school level to earn their place in the top 8 that advanced to the state competition at ASU.

Maricopa Wells Middle School Winning Teams
Sura
Presenters: Alyson Bowen, Emma Schrader, Zeah Zimpleman
Project Manager: Kaden Rogers, Alternate: Arianna Vargas
Awards:
2nd Place in Arizona
Innovative Use of Infrastructure

Purnea
Presenters: Anabelle Dayley, Megan Hahn, Erin Hildick
Project Manager: Nicholas Perez, Alternate: Shyanne Price
Awards:
Best Computer Model
Best Team Effort
Walton Sustainable Community Award
Excellence in the Use of Building Materials

Tiago
Presenters: Alondra Garfias, Maverick Miller, Joseline Nowell
Project Manager: Alexander Grace, Alternate: Trenton Redwanc
Awards:
Walton Sustainable Community Award
Architectural Excellence Award

Schone Stadt
Presenters: Brenna Fitzpatrick, Victoria Richardson, Morgan Witte
Project Manager: Charlee Hyde, Alternate: Robert Hahn
Awards:
Best Scaled Model
Rich Goewey Community Awareness

Novara
Presenters: Joseph Abel, Joshua Kulinowski, Rylee Tarcola
Project Manager: Taryn Meyers, Alternate: Savannah Wade
Award:
Best Team Presentation

Liyong Kongjian
Presenters: Elena Antunez, Rori Gosiak, Bailey Rigby
Project Manager: Dylan Hahn, Alternate: James Couts
Award:
Award of Distinction

Desert Wind Middle School Winning Teams
Jakarta
Presenters: Isabella Ebner, Kian Pack, Jaden Pyle
Project Manager: Blake Fullmer, Alternate: Emmy Balgaard
Awards:
3rd Place in Arizona
Best Multimodal Transportation System
Walton Sustainable Community Award

La Perla Renacida
Presenters: Kendahl Belmore, Kylie Myers, Janie Pyle
Project Manager: Ryan Nguyen, Alternate: Nathan Shearer
Award:
Best Use of Water and Environmental Resources.

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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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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 www.maricopausd.org.

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