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Angola, Canterbury tops at Trine
Win Divisions A and B at JETS/TEAMS competition
Feb. 16, 2010-- Hometown team Angola High School claimed top Division B honors, while Fort Wayne neighbor Canterbury High School bested all others in Division A in a JETS/TEAMS competition sponsored by Trine University’s McKetta Department of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering Feb. 16.
Division B JETS/TEAMS winners from Angola High School are, from left, front: Kristy Baldwin, Kiah Griffith and Zach Maggio. Back: Ethan Reese, Travis Simmons, coach Cory Sarks, Kent Wagner and Kyle Yeakle.
Division A JETS/TEAMS winners from Canterbury High School in Fort Wayne are, from left, front: Han Huynh and Manan Raval. Back: Jeffers Nguyen, Kate Desimone, Brendan Murphy, Daniel Ryker, A.J. Alifimoff and Christine Funk.
The Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) TEAMS competition for high school students is an annual theme-based competition giving students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to discover engineering and ways in which they can impact their world through the discipline.
Four- to eight-student teams competing at Trine became part of the action as they worked together to use practical applications of math and science to answer engineering questions about everyday world challenges. Students completed hour-and-a-half test sessions, one an 80-question multiple choice test and another consisting of four open-ended questions.
Angola High School team members said their school has taken part in JETS/TEAMS for the past two years for a simple reason—they enjoy it. “Angola really improved over last year’s effort, and had one of the highest scores for a public school that I have seen,” said Dr. John Wagner, McKetta Department of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering chair and the contest’s coordinator.
Canterbury is also a familiar face at the competition. All of the competitors’ solutions will be judged at the state and national levels, and several national winners have emerged from the Trine competition. “We may have more news yet to come,” Dr. Wagner said.
In addition to the winners, participating Indiana schools were Fremont in Steuben County, Westview in LaGrange County and Concordia Lutheran in Allen County. Kalamazoo Christian and Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center in Michigan also competed.