VCMS Students Named NCCC Tech Wars 2019 Overall Middle School Champion
A group of 48 eighth-graders put their tech expertise on display and earned the overall 2019 Middle School championship at the annual Tech Wars at NCCC.
The Veronica E. Connor Middle School group, under the guidance of technology teachers Michael Nucci and David Bowman, competed against 23 other schools and over 700 students. Once again, VCMS was declared the overall Middle School Champion earning 16 points. The next closest competitor had nine points. Individuals earn five points for a first-place finish, three points for second and one point for third, which all go to the team total. The VCMS team has been working on their projects since late October.
In the Mousetrap car event, the team of Paul Emmi and Joe Fatta raced to first-place overall with a distance of 109 feet. Maelee Roach came in a close second as her car travelled 105 feet.
In the CO2 car event, all six of the cars raced their way into the top eight slots. Eden Johnson’s car blasted down the 6-foot track in .914 seconds which was good for second overall. Berin Celik’s car wasn’t far behind as she brought home a third-place finish.
The combined HS/MS Bridge event boasted the largest field of 98 competitors. Kelsie Greene and Amanda Gula built their way to number three on the podium. They were the number one Middle School competitor, being beaten only by two high school groups.
In the On-Site Engineering competition, students do not find out the problem they have to solve until they arrive on location. There were 17 entries in the event and VCMS students Phillip Lepine and Matthew Rebmann took second overall. Out of the 17 groups, 14 of them were high school students.