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CCPS Middle Schools Place in Regional MESA Day Competitions

Release Date: 4/16/2012 9:09:59 AM

Maryland MESA (Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement) is dedicated to supporting and developing the interest, skills, and abilities of K-12 students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In Carroll County Public Schools, identified gifted and talented students from Northwest, Shiloh, Sykesville and West Middle Schools competed in MESA regional events at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab on April 11, 2012. They competed with students from Anne Arundel, Howard and Montgomery Counties in the following events.


Competition – Wind Energy Challenge


2nd Place – Sykesville Middle – Students: Shannon Lilly, Austin McClelland, Jonathan Miller and Max Thomas


3rd Place – Shiloh Middle – Students: Tommy Folderauer, Max Seibel and Evan Zielinski


Students researched, designed and built a windmill device designed to capture and use available wind energy to complete tasks. In addition, students prepared an academic display, wrote a technical paper, and made an oral presentation based on investigation, experimentation, design, testing, and experiences related to their device.


Competition – Basswood Bridge


1st Place – Shiloh Middle – Students: Nathan Devereux, Gavin Rowley and Dalton Stoner


3rd Place – West Middle – Students: Lauren Hill, Leah Jamison, Sarah Sexton and Sam Weidman


Students designed, constructed and tested the most efficient bridge within the specifications. Model bridges were intended to be simplified versions of real-world bridges, which are designed to accept a load in any position and permit the load to travel across the entire bridge.


Competition – Effective Communication


1st Place – Sykesville Middle – Students: William Blauch, Bennett Blitz, Ryan Calvin, Noah Eckman and Matt Saxton


2nd Place – Northwest Middle – Students: Vincent DeSanto, Danny Hyman, Danny McNeill, Tucker Schmidt, Ben Sell, and Luke VanderMeulen


In support of developing the next generation of STEM innovations, the students developed a professional and effective oral presentation that included a video promoting math, engineering, science, and technology. Students were judged on content, oral performance, visual performance, and overall presentation.


Teacher Facilitators


Northwest Middle – Paul Sauvageau and Shelby Sawyers

Shiloh Middle – Frank Fierstein, Janel Fosnot, Jaime Knox and Vicki Weiland

Sykesville Middle – Sara Davis, Laura Dufrane, Becki Ellis, Liz Golden and Chris Ruben

West Middle – Krystal Carman, Christine Latimer, Melanie Lock and Jeffery Woytowich


In addition to recognizing students and staff, Carroll County Public Schools acknowledges the parent volunteers who supported this regional event.


Parent Volunteers – Renee Brown, James Bukowski, Sara Cortes, Tracy Entwistle, Bob Frances, Chris Fritz, Kristie Fritz, Mark Janeczek, Lara Zeller Johnson, Rosemary Kitzinger, Gwen Lilly, Jeff Plescia, Kim Saltsburg and Derek White.

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