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Blended Learning Students Honored at Sustainability Festival



(Submitted by Mrs. Jennifer Szoltysik - Desert Wind Blended Learning Teacher)


(Maricopa) On February 15th, thirteen students from the Desert Wind Middle School and Maricopa Wells Middle School Blended Learning

 Programs attended the Sustainability Solutions Celebration at El Chorro in Paradise Valley. The three teams were invited after winning three of the

 five Sustainable Community Awards at the Future Cities regional competition back in

 January. The award, as well as the celebration at El Chorro, was sponsored by Arizona State University's Walton College of Sustainability and the

 Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative.


The three groups presented their cities to Rob Walton, former CEO of Walmart, as well as other CEOs and university professors from around the

 world. Mrs. Szoltysik stated, "They were all impressed by our student's knowledge of engineering, sustainability and the innovative designs within

 their future cities." During the presentation, each student was called up on stage and given a framed certificate. Desert Wind Blended Learning

 Teacher Shannon Hull stated, "We are so proud of how our students showcased their hard work last night. Their ability to speak to adults in

engineering and sustainability professions about their project and their ideas for future innovations is amazing!"


From Maricopa Wells:


Team Purnea: Anabelle Dayley, Megan Hahn, Erin Hildick and project manager Nicholas Perez.

Team Tiago: Alondra Garfias, Maverick Miller, Joseline Nowell and project manager Alex Grace.


From Desert Wind:


Team Jakarta: Isabella Ebner, Kian Pack, Jaden Pyle, project manager Blake Fullmer and alternate Emmy Balgaard


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