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Arizona Region Awards Winners – List 1: Place, City, and Honorary Award Recipients

Second Place Team – Arizona Region (Front row, left to right): Megan Hahn (ghost of cities future), Anabelle Dayley (Scrooge), Erin Hildick (Narrator), and Kristine Heckadon (alternate); (Back row, left to right): Damon Hahn - engineer mentor, Christopher Bracken - project manager, Robyn Rice – teacher, and Joseph Szoltysik - teacher

Second Place Team – Arizona Region (Front row, left to right): Megan Hahn (ghost of cities future), Anabelle Dayley (Scrooge), Erin Hildick (Narrator), and Kristine Heckadon (alternate); (Back row, left to right): Damon Hahn – engineer mentor, Christopher Bracken – project manager, Robyn Rice – teacher, and Joseph Szoltysik – teacher

Phoenix, AZ: If you’ve been following the most recent posts/news releases for this year’s competition, you already know that the 1st Place Team and region winner for the Future City Competition Arizona Region is the City of Alegria by Team Veritas Ville of Veritas Home Schoolers.

Team members are Jeremy Graunke, Adriana Baniecki, and Madyison Nichols. Kathryn Graunke is the teacher, and her husband, Matthew Graunke, is the engineer mentor. [See Veritas Homeschoolers’ Student Team Wins AZ Region STEM Competition.]

Our region winner will be spending the next three weeks preparing for the National Future City Competition in Washington, DC on February 12 – 17, 2016.

However, volunteers of the Arizona Region would be remiss if we didn’t inform you of other awards that were given at the competition on Saturday afternoon, January 23, 2016.

This release/post (List 1) provides information on the Place, City, and Honorary Award recipients.

The next release/post (List 2) on this topic will provide information on the remaining award recipients for Educational Excellence, Volunteer of the Year, and Professional Engineering Society awards at this year’s Arizona Region competition.

Place Awards

Second Place – Team Name: Ba Shoileir (see team photo above)
School: Maricopa Wells Middle School
Students: Megan Hahn, Erin Hildick, and Anabelle Dayley
Teachers: Robyn Rice and Joseph Szoltysik     Engineer: Damon Hahn

Third Place – Team Name: Safi
School: Copperwood Elementary
Students: Guenevere Coury, Payton Goltz, and Mindy Nguyen
Teacher: Susan Jones    Engineer: Allan Smolko

Fifth Place – Team Name: Novos Comecos
School: Desert Wind Middle School
Students: Savannah Shelabarger, Rhiannon Reed, and Jordan Levy
Teacher: Jen Szoltysik    Engineer: Gerry Hahn

Fifth Place – Team Name: Pura Terra
School: Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School
Students: Alyssa Elias, Mariana Barnett, and Ramon Cazares
Teacher: Jackie Nichols    Engineer: Irene Ogata

City Awards

In addition to the above awards, five city awards were given. City awards are given to the team with the best version of each of the five deliverables from the competition season. This is the first year that the Arizona Region included the Best Short Video as a city award. Student teams were asked to submit a one-minute video describing unique attributes of their future city. Twenty submittals were received. To our knowledge, Arizona is the only region that provides an award under this title.

Best Computer Model: Team Name – Pinkunobara
School: Canyon Breeze Elementary
Students: Celina Cardinale and Lizbeth Pablo
Teacher: Barbara Leligdon    Engineer: Amy Martinez

Best City Description: Team Name – Rugsberg
School: Desert Wind Middle School
Students: Elizabeth Barba, Jailynn Cannon, and D’Avion Cyprian
Teacher: Jen Szoltysik    Engineer: Gerry Hahn

Best Short Video: Mt. Slogen
School: Copperwood Elementary
Students: Cade Austin, Sophia Gibson, and Faith Nixon
Teacher: Susan Jones    Engineer: Allan Smolko

Best Scale Model: Volturnus
School: Maricopa Wells Middle School
Students: Connor Witte, James Daxton Redfern, and Bryan Pick
Teachers: Robyn Rice and Joseph Szoltysik    Engineer: Robb Witte

Best Team Presentation: Gronn Vekkelse
School: Desert Wind Middle School
Students: Parker Hunsaker, Henry McCloskey, and Alysa Huffman
Teacher: Jen Szoltysik    Engineer: Gerry Hahn

Honorary Awards

Award of Distinction: Team Rugsberg

School: Desert Wind Middle School
Students: Elizabeth Barba, Jailynn Cannon, and D’Avion Cyprian
Teacher: Jen Szoltysik    Engineer: Gerry Hahn

The Award of Distinction is chosen by the competition judging staff for the team which performed in an exemplary fashion during the competition season.

Public Choice Award: Team Ba Shoileir
School: Maricopa Wells Middle School
Students: Megan Hahn, Erin Hildick, and Anabelle Dayley
Teachers: Robyn Rice and Joseph Szoltysik    Engineer: Damon Hahn

Input for this award is taken from the general public (library staff and visitors to the Phoenix Burton Barr Library) during the week that the Exhibit of 3-D Models is on display.

Popular Choice Award: Team Night Vale
School: Smoketree Elementary
Students: Jordan Grandell, Adia Alex, and Machree Hogard
Teacher: Fatima Mu    Engineer: Jeremy Abbott

More than 40,000 students from 1,350 middle schools typically participate nationwide in the regional competitions. The winning team from each qualifying regional competition receives a trip to the Future City National Competition Finals.

For information regarding this news release, contact Vi Brown at 480.205.2616 M or v.brown@futurecityarizona.org, or go to www.futurecityarizona.org.

About the Future City Competition: The Future City Competition is a national program for middle school students. It is sponsored by the engineering community to promote and grow a dynamic engineering profession critical to public health, safety, and welfare. The program promotes math, science, and engineering through hands-on, real world applications and is open to all public, private and parochial schools. The National Finals of the Future City Competition are a featured event during National Engineers Week with students from across the country competing in Washington, D.C. for awards and prizes. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences, and making science and math relevant.

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About Vi Brown

Vi is principal and CEO of Prophecy Consulting Group, LLC, an Arizona firm that provides business and engineering services to private and public clients. Prior to establishing her consulting practice in 2001, Vi worked with Motorola, Maricopa County Government, Pacific Gas & Electric, CH2M Hill, and Procter & Gamble. As an adjunct faculty member, Vi teaches undergraduate calculus classes and graduate level environmental courses. She is also a professional speaker.

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