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Maricopa Unified students win big at Future Cities Competition


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  • Mishell Terry/ Maricopa Unified School District

Twenty One Schools Competed In The Arizona Regional Future City Competition. For The Second Year In A Row, Maricopa Unified School District Schools Walked Away With First And Second Place As Well As Nearly Half Of The Total Awards, Winning 17 Of The 38 Awards At The Competition. Photo Courtesy Maricopa Unified School District

Twenty one schools competed in the Arizona Regional Future City Competition. For the second year in a row, Maricopa Unified School District schools walked away with first and second place as well as nearly half of the total awards, winning 17 of the 38 awards at the competition.

Desert Wind Middle School won the most awards of any other school, bringing home 11 awards, including 2nd place at the Arizona Future City Competition. “Onagawa”, a team of six 6th-8th grade students were the 2nd place winners. Team members are 8th graders, Bella Ebner, Conner Manning, and Keegan Walters, 7th graders, Gabriella Fisher and Boston Hamrick, and 6th grader, Lauren Roman. 

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Twenty one schools competed in the Arizona Regional Future City Competition. For the second year in a row, Maricopa Unified School District schools walked away with first and second place as well as nearly half of the total awards, winning 17 of the 38 awards at the competition. Photo courtesy Maricopa Unified School District

The first place honor went to our very own Maricopa Wells team, “Arbre de la Vie”.  Arbre de la Vie won first place in the competition and the team has earned an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC to compete at the National Finals for Future City on February 15th-20th, 2019. Seventh graders, Marley Polosky, Allison Rice, Camille Troyer, and Ana Pumarino Arcos made up the team. Their engineering mentor, Joseph Rice, is a senior at Maricopa High School.

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Twenty one schools competed in the Arizona Regional Future City Competition. For the second year in a row, Maricopa Unified School District schools walked away with first and second place as well as nearly half of the total awards, winning 17 of the 38 awards at the competition. Photo courtesy Maricopa Unified School District

This is the second year in a row that a team from Maricopa Wells has competed at the National Finals.

Dr. Robyn Rice, one of the teachers at Maricopa Wells stated that “MWMS had 28 teams in two blended learning classrooms who competed at the MWMS Future City school competition. Only the top eight scoring teams advanced to compete at the state level and only one team from the state level gets to go to the National Finals. We are honored to represent Arizona at the National level, but we are proud of every member of each of the 28 MWMS teams who worked so hard for months during this competition. We are also proud of the Desert Wind Tigers who are such great competitors every year. What these MUSD students accomplish is amazing to watch!”  

Shannon Hull, a teacher at Desert Wind stated, “we are most impressed that all three Desert Wind Blended classrooms won awards and seven out of the 8 teams were recognized with an award. The Blended Learning program is growing at Desert Wind and we look forward to many more successful years of the Future City competition. Winning 2nd place is a big accomplishment for us and we are happy that Maricopa is being represented again in Washington DC by the team from Maricopa Wells. Go Panthers! Your Tigers are rooting for you!”

In addition to winning the top 2 awards at the Future City competition, teams from both schools were recognized for their excellence. The following 11 awards were won by student teams at Desert Wind.

·         Onagawa: (Team members:  Bella Ebner, Conner Manning, Lauren Roman, Keegan Walters, Gabriella Fisher, and Boston Hamrick

o    2nd Place in Arizona 

o    Rich Goewey Community Awareness Award

o    Walton Sustainable Community Award

·         Pasko Isla: (Team members: Catalina Springstroh, Sadie Titus, Bryce Girouard, Jazmin Perry-Marr, Ryder LaFramboise, Catherine Correa)

o    Best Communication System Award

·         Yokohama: (Team members: Baily Martinez, Christian Roman, Mara Fortunato, Noah Coutre, Abigail Barba, Maddox LaFramboise)

o    Award of Distinction

·         Pingheng: (Team members: Joel Smith, Kya Hoskins, Caeden Bolander, Maverick McDonald, Colton Richardson, Hailey Carillo)

o    Best Team Presentation 

o    Best Application of Quality Concepts

·         Freiheit: (Team members: Graci Guerra, Abigail Judd, Rachel Skousen, Lilian Judd, Michael Stuhmer, Harmony Zepeda) 

o    Public Choice Award 

o    Best Multimodal Transportation System

·         Kapayapaan: (Team members: Leilani Casarez, Brooklyn Stoker, America Rodarte, Ayrissa Aceves, Holland Scoresby)

o    Sustainable Infrastructure Award

·         Ponta De Ouro: (Team members: Arianna Cox, Kayla Thomas, Kenton Wilson, Sariah Hoopes, Nathan Alarcon)

o    Excellent Use of Building Materials

The following six awards were won by student teams at Maricopa Wells.

·         Arbre de la Vie: (Team members: Marley Polosky, Allison Rice, Camille Troyer, and Ana Pumarino Arcos)

o    1st Place in Arizona

o    Best Short Video 

o    Walton Sustainable Community Award

·         Mi Lanna: (Team members: Elin Dayley, Aubryana Pick, Gracie Rogers, Zoie Zimpleman)

o    Best Scale Model 

o    Best Team Effort 

o    Walton Sustainable Community Award