For the third year in row, students at Hanes Magnet Middle have won the North Carolina Regional competition of Future City, a middle school competition in which students strive to make the world a better place by designing a more sustainable city.
This year, the Hanes students focused on Mumbai, India.
“We have won the North Carolina Regional three years in a row and will be going to Washington, D.C. to compete against schools from across the United States during National Engineers Week,” said John Boyd, the Team Educator.
“The competition runs from Feb. 16 to 20. Last year, our team finished fifth in the country.”
“In addition to winning the overall competition, they were also voted the People's Choice Award for favorite city model chosen by their fellow competitors, and the judges awarded them the Most Creative Team Presentation. Each of those Specialty Awards comes with a $150 check.”
“Over the years in which we have competed, the Hanes Future City teams have won over $7,000 for the school.”
“We also must acknowledge our Team Mentor Jasmine Vadgama and our Team Coach Nehali Patel. This doesn't happen without them.”
This year's Mumbai team members are Benjamin Beaudry, Rebecca Beaudry, Cady Barlow, Hershal Patel, Zoey Yeboah, Thanai Votanopoulos, Peyton Morgan, Thanisha Vadgama, Larkin Macosko, Georgia Anderson, and Zhanqi Su.
“We had two other teams made up of students competing for the first time,” Boyd said.
The Choshi, Japan team members were Kaitlyn Nelson, Eva Dardeau, Addison Engle, Andrew Hjorth, Michael Ragonesi, Madi Fortney, Ryan Blankenbaker, Kamran Anderson, and Kristopher Burch.
The Tambora, Indonesia team members were Laasya Karnati, Ashley Meier, Michael Shen, Cole Hunt, Brian Jones, Jasmine Zhu, Taylor Lazenby, Sydney Yeboah, Maria Karagiorgis, and Anais Szeremeta.
You will find more information about the competition at Future City