Pearson Takes First Place at Future City Regional Competition
A team of students from Pearson Middle School will represent Frisco ISD and the North Texas region at the International Future City Competition in Washington, D.C. later this month. The “Whitewater Valley” team, consisting of students Sydney Breyere, Erin Camelon, Catherine Crandell, Ila Bhattacharya, Mishaal Qureshi and Jessica Selvarayan, won the first place trophy at the regional contest Saturday.
Future City encourages middle school students to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to define and research a problem that currently exists, design a city using SimCity software, develop an essay and build a scale model of their futuristic city to present to a panel of judges, highlighting their solutions to the problem.
A team from Scoggins Middle School was also recognized at the regional competition for the “Most Innovative Use of Engineering” for their city, “Scogginsville 3.0.”
Two Lexus Eco Challenge Teams from Lebanon Trail Compete for National Grand Prize
Lebanon Trail High School has not just one, but two, teams of students vying for the top prize in the Lexus Eco Challenge, a national STEM competition for students in grades 6-12.
The Kayak Club won $10,000 in grants and scholarships in the Land & Water Challenge for their efforts to provide clean drinking water to communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria. Now, the Beyond the Footprint team is also a winner of $10,000 in the Air & Climate Challenge for their efforts to reduce carbon footprint by asking people to eat vegetable-based meals at least once a week.
The two teams are among only 16 teams nationwide advancing to the final round of competition. More than 400 teams from across the country entered the contest.
Maus Students Sweep Academic Competition
Congratulations to students from Maus Middle School, who claimed the top three places in the 9th Annual “Aiming for the Stars” African American Male Academic Bowl Competition. The competition consists of a mathematics quiz round, Jeopardy-style academic quiz bowl and engineering project. It draws teams from across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Read more.
Liberty ISM Student to Present Work at National Conference
Caitlyn Hazzard of Liberty High School has been asked to present her Independent Study and Mentorship (ISM) project at The Orange Conference, a national leadership event scheduled for April 25-27 in Georgia. Hazzard’s interest lies in using music to help improve the lives of special needs individuals. She plans to major in music therapy.
FISD Diving Honors
Frisco ISD diving coach Melissa Soileau has been named the 5A Region 3 Diving Coach of the Year. Soileau coaches all the divers in the District and has produced nearly two dozen state diving qualifiers over the last six seasons. Reedy’s Jameson Crandell, who won the 5A Region 3 diving title Thursday, was one of four FISD divers who finished in the top five of the boys standings. Two FISD divers finished in the top five of the girls standings.
Reedy BPA Wins Cash Prize for Promoting Tire Safety
The Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter at Reedy High School won $500 for their efforts to educate students about tire and vehicle safety. The Tread Wisely Challenge encouraged teens and young adults to learn how to conduct three basic monthly tire safety checks – tire pressure, tread depth and overall tire condition – and share this information with their peers.