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TEAMS dominate at regional event
Posted 03/05/2013 10:00AM

The Grade 11/12 first-place team, left to right, of seniors Bill Feng, Mitesh Mehta, Nick Sovich, Bob Wen, Irene Li, Megan Barsella, Rebecca Cartellone and Coco Wu.
The Grade 9/10 first-place team, left to right, sophomores Jenny Xu, Barnabas Wang, Kevin Yang, Max Forsyth, Irina Kopyeva, Michael Damato and Lexi Hubbel; and freshman Lynn Yang.

Western Reserve Academy continued its run of excellence in the Technology Student Association’s TEAMS competition, earning two first-place finishes in the 2013 regional event on Feb. 25 at the University of Akron.

The Grade 11/12 Team A and the Grade 9/10 Team E each finished in first place in Division 2. In addition, the Grade 11/12 Team D and Grade 9/10 Team F placed second in the competition.

The first place Grade 11/12 team included seniors Megan Barsella, Rebecca Cartellone, Bill Feng, Irene Li, Mitesh Mehta, Nick Sovich, Bob Wen and Coco Wu.

Cartellone, Feng, Mehta, Sovich, Wen and Wu were all members of the Grade 9/10 that finished first in the nation in 2011.

The first place Grade 9/10 team included sophomores Michael Damato, Max Forsyth, Lexi Hubbel, Irina Kopyeva, Barnabas Wang, Jenny Xu and Kevin Yang; and freshman Lynn Yang.

Finishing in second place in Grade 11/12 was the team of senior Brandon Sutton; and juniors Eric Chueh, Abigail Griffith, Min Gyo Jung, Diane Ogede and Alex Wheaton.

Finishing in second place in Grade 9/10 was the team of sophomores Rahul Basu, Sophia Causey, Bianca Chan, Zoe Leciejewski and Vlad Molnar; and freshman Maya Gallegos.

The theme of this year’s competition is Engineering a Secure Cyberspace. Working in a written competition format, the teams competed in two 90-minute sessions. The first session featured 80 multiple choice questions that required teams to apply their math and science knowledge to novel situations.

The second session presented eight tasks that teams were required to answer in a short-essay format, revealing their problem-solving skills as they explained their engineering solutions.

According to the TEAMS website, the annual competition helps “to develop STEM-capable students in an engaging way by showing them how math and science, with a focus on engineering, are used to make tangible differences in the world.

The teams now move on to the state level, with Best in State awards for the highest-ranking teams in each state announced in April. The highest-ranking state teams at each level may compete at the national level in June.

WRA team have traditionally been strong in the competition, earning top honors in the state at the 9/10 grade level in 2012 and at the regional level in 2010, while the Grade 11/12 team was the No. 1 team in its division in 1999.

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