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Desert Wind’s Juwel Featured at Walton Sustainability Solutions Celebration


On Wednesday February 18th, students from Desert Wind Middle School were invited to present their award-winning Future City 'Juwel' at the Walton Sustainability Solutions Celebration hosted by Rob and Melani Walton (Walmart Chairman). Team members included Ana Hoopes, Savannah Shelabarger, Isabel Youniacutt and Riley Bell-Niver and the event was held at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.  

‘Juwel’ captivated the large audience and students spent most of the night talking about and describing their city of the future.  Desert Wind 20+1 teacher Shannon Hull stated, “Listening to them last night was so exciting!  We had the president of ASU, CEO's of very large companies, many engineers, professors and leaders of Arizona businesses stopping to engage in great conversations with our students.” Mrs. Hull remembers one particular gentleman, a Professor of Sustainability at ASU speaking with ‘Juwel’s Savannah and he said "I'm very impressed with you, I teach graduate courses at ASU, and I teach exactly what you were just talking about."  

Hull continued saying, “this was a rare opportunity for our talented young students to converse with a man like Mr. Walton. Mrs. Szoltysik and I certainly were nervous, but our girls were rock solid! It is not every day that you are in the presence of the 11th richest human on the planet and he is enthralled with their project and asking a ton of questions!” 

The Maricopa Unified School District is once again very proud of the accomplishments of these middle school students and their teachers.  For more information about MUSD 20+1, please visit our website at (Maricopa Wells Middle School 520.568.7100 or Desert Wind Middle School 520.568.7110).   


“Future City Competition, a national STEM-based competition provides a fun and experiential challenge for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.  Future Cities was developed to help middle school students discover and foster interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics during the critical years of their education.”

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