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Tartans Place First in Division 2 in California and the Nation in 2013 TEAMS Engineering Competition

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image 5A team of eight St. Margaret’s students placed first in Division 2 in California and in the nation, and third overall in California in the 2013 TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) engineering competition. The team solved complex mathematical problems and provided answers to cyber security questions related to this year’s competition theme: “Engineering A Secure Cyberspace.”

The team, including freshmen Andrew Klement and Grant Russell, and sophomores Greg Justice, Ashley Kang, Annika Krafcik, Lance Lew, Liam McGregor and Ben Wang, prepared in the fall for the one-day TEAMS competition, which took place nationally during February and March. Preparation included theme-related research, as well as mathematical problem solving.

Additionally, a team of eight St. Margaret’s juniors and seniors participated in the competition, including Pattinson Hayton, Tessa Hurr, Brian Lee, Victoria Lee, Arin Melkonian, Austin Russell, Kian Shakerin and Nivin Singh. The junior/senior team finished second in Division 2 in California and 16th in the nation for the same division.

This year, more than 1,000 teams of middle and high school students participated in the TEAMS competition from across the nation. Participating students have a strong interest in engineering, and most plan to pursue a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career.

Like other Technology Student Association competitions and programs, TEAMS is designed to encourage more students to pursue engineering by having them learn and experience how engineering impacts everyday life and how engineers help solve social and community problems.image 6

St. Margaret’s freshman/sophomore team has been invited to the TSA National Convention and Best In Nation TEAMS competition in Orlando, Florida June 28 – July 2. Eight students are planning on making this trip to compete including: Sean Chang, Greg Justice, Ashley Kang, Annika Krafcik, Lance Lew, Nivin Singh, Zack Venable and Ben Wang (first alternate is Grant Russell).

“I am so proud of this team for what they have accomplished,” said Science Department Chair Dr. Jennifer Ross-Viola. “It is exciting to see their enthusiasm to go on and compete on a national level. When many students are winding down the academic year, they are taking time out of their schedules to prepare for the next level of competition. So far the group has met with Mr. Mark O’Hare, a St. Margaret’s parent and owner of a cyber-security company, and two additional experts in this field, Dr. Matthew Green and Mr. Rick Bueno, to prepare for the written and debate portions of the national competition.”


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