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MUSD Middle School 20+1 Programs Finish 1st and 2nd Place in Future City

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(Submitted by Robyn Rice Maricopa Wells Blended Learning Instructor)

(Maricopa) The MUSD middle school 20+1 programs finished 1st and 2nd 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 2nd 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 1st and 2nd 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. 

 

Maricopa Wells Awards:

1st Place 

City Name: Innovacia

Joseph Abel, Rylee Tarcola, Morgan Witte, Aubryana Pick, Alexis Herrera

Best City Essay

City Name: Veneti Visione

Thomas Abel, Kaden Rogers, Zoie Zimpleman, Robert Hahn, Elin Dayley

Best City Model

City Name: Sottena

Matea Bernales, Brianna Coronado, Dimitri Freeman, Lauren Jurado, Jacobey West

Best Short Video

City Name: Sottena

Matea Bernales, Brianna Coronado, Dimitri Freeman, Lauren Jurado, Jacobey West

Award of Distinction

City Name: Nanahi

Amelia Gross, Dylan Hahn, Victoria Richardson, Aleyhia Marshall, Tanis Palmer

Best Land Surveying Practices

City Name: Vicoso

Elena Antunez, Maverick Miller, Bailey Rigby, Sawyer Coatney, Milo Coatney

Best Design for Sustainability

City Name: Orimos

Rori Gosiak, Alexander Grace, Emma Kulinowski, Natalie Weeks, Joshua Kulinowski

Community Awareness Award 

City Name: Innovacia

Joseph Abel, Rylee Tarcola, Morgan Witte, Aubryana Pick, Alexis Herrera

Most Innovative Structure

City Name: Veneti Visione

Thomas Abel, Kaden Rogers, Zoie Zimpleman, Robert Hahn, Elin Dayley

Walton Sustainable Community Award

City Name: Veneti Visione

Thomas Abel, Kaden Rogers, Zoie Zimpleman, Robert Hahn, Elin Dayley

 

Desert Wind Awards

2nd Place

City Name: Juntos 

Isabella Ebner, Boston Hamerick, Conner Manning, Emmy Balgaard, Sara Earle, Kaden McKenzie

Best Future Transportation System

City Name: Juntos 

Isabella Ebner, Boston Hamerick, Conner Manning, Emmy Balgaard, Sara Earle, Kaden McKenzie

Best Team Effort

City Name: Toro de Barcelona

Jailynn Cannon, Molly Jorgenson, Sadie Titus, Baily Martinez, Stephany Villanuevos Carrasco, Emma Huffaker

Most Innovative Design

City Name: Juntos 

Isabella Ebner, Boston Hamerick, Conner Manning, Emmy Balgaard, Sara Earle, Kaden McKenzie

 

Congratulations to these outstanding students, their talented teachers and the gifted community mentors who volunteered their time for these projects.  For more information about the District’s Blended Learning Programs or the Maricopa Unified School District please call 520.568.5100 or visit the District’s website at www.maricopausd.org

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