ST. CLAIRSVILLE — More than 140 students from seven local high schools competed in the 2019 Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) regional competition at Belmont College on Friday, February 22 in St. Clairsville, Ohio.
Students from the following high schools participated: Bridgeport, Linsly, Parkersburg, River, Shadyside, St. Clairsville, and Wheeling Park.
This event is sponsored nationally by the non-profit Technology Student Association (TSA). The TEAMS competition involves a two-hour written exam where students work in groups of six to eight. The students use their math and science skills to solve real-world engineering challenges in applied science and technology, including: architectural, biomedical, computer technology, fire-protection, mining, telecommunications, transportation or wireless technologies.
Additionally, as a portion of their Part II test, students had to create a device out of spoons, binder clips, rubber bands, tape, paper plates, and fabric that could successfully lift a teddy bear from the inside of a bucket on the ground onto the target on a table.
Winners at the regional level will advance to the state level. All schools will have their Part II tests graded by TSA and may be considered for national recognition based on their Part I and II scores. National winners will be announced in March.
Regional winners from the Belmont College competition include:
9th -10th Grade Junior Varsity:
First place: Parkersburg Team A – Cece Fatta; Maiz Hamirani; Matthew Pierson; Jack Ralsten; Luke Read; Ian Stengel; Teddy Turner; and Daniel Wharton. Coached by Mrs. Lisa Berry.
Second place: Bridgeport Team B – Sarah Bloom; Cooper Dulesky; J.B. Marling; Kelci McNeal; Kaden Otte; Adam Sommer; Meleah Tiber; and Neil White. Coached by Mrs. Georgeann Canter.
Third place: St. Clairsville Team A – Kylie Gallagher; Mikayla Hendershot; Noah Palmer; Abbey Perzanowski; Zack Riffle; Gavin Shields; Reese Skaggs; and Eliana Watt. Coached by Mr. Steven Hicks.
11th -12th Grade Varsity:
First place: Wheeling Park High School Team B – Emily Croft; Josh Farmer; Alyssa Foster; William Haller; Emma Ihlenfeld; Abby Jones; Norman Lee; and Ronnie Saunders. Coached by Mr. Kevin Orth.
Second place: Wheeling Park High School Team A – Kelsey Chacalos; Deanna Crumm; Alexander Dague; Marguerite Demasi; Justin Levelle; Ashley Linder; Perry Maness; and Nathaniel Mountford. Coached by Mr. Kevin Orth.
Third place: Linsly School Team A – Kaichen Jin; Xicheng Liu; Devesh Shah; Qing Xiong; Yining Zhu; and Ruochen Zhao. Coached by Dr. Sabin Colton.
Belmont College staff and faculty coordinated the TEAMS event and administered the tests.
TEAMS works to increase interest and awareness of engineering and technology-based careers with student competitions, assessment tools, career guidance resources, and more, along with resource materials for parents and counselors. TEAMS programs excite high school students about careers in engineering and related technical fields and help them understand the critical role engineers play in the world around us.