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Aspiring Engineers Test Their Skills at Annual Belmont College TEAMS Competition

Area High School Teams Awarded for their Problem-Solving Skills at Belmont College; Winners Set to Compete at National Level


St. Clairsville, OH (March 1, 2017) — More than 110 students from five local high schools competed in the 2017 Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) regional competition at Belmont College on Friday, February 24 in St. Clairsville, Ohio. The event was presented by XTO Energy.


Students from the following high schools participated: Bridgeport, Cambridge, Shadyside, St. Clairsville, and Wheeling Park.

11th -12th Grade Varsity winners Wheeling Park High School Team A (seated left to right): Brianna Singer; Sydney Moffett; Marina Estep; Hannah Petronek; (Standing left to right): George Moness; Brian Dayton; Kevin Orth, Team Coach; Zach Kovalski; and William Sellers.

This event is sponsored nationally by the non-profit Technology Student Association (TSA). The TEAMS competition involves a two-hour written exam where students work in groups of six to eight. The students use their math and science skills to solve real-world engineering challenges in applied science and technology, including: architectural, biomedical, computer technology, fire-protection, mining, telecommunications, transportation or wireless technologies.


Additionally, as a portion of their Part II test, students had to design and build a robotic arm using cardboard, a wire hanger, and some other household items to lift a 16.9oz bottle of water. Once lifted the bottle had to be moved and positioned inside a target on the table in front of them. Each team received bonus points for time used and accuracy of the bottle placement.


Winners at the regional level will advance to the state level. All schools will have their Part II tests graded by TSA and may be considered for national recognition based on their Part I and II scores. National winners will be announced in March.


Regional winners from the Belmont College competition include:


9th -10th Grade Junior Varsity:


  • First place: Wheeling Park High School Team B – Lydia Bischof; Kelsey Chacalos; Deanna Crumm; Marguerite Demasi; Ashley Linder; Perry Maness; Luke Rapp; and Connor Watson.


  • Second place: Shadyside High School Team B – Jenna Bowers; Mikenzie Cieszeski; Haley Esposito; Katie James; Jakob Klug; Dillon Krupa; Claire Palmer; and Janelle Rosier.


  • Third place: Bridgeport High School – Devin Danhart; Destiny Harris; Nick Nolan; Noah Riccelli; Angela Sommer; Jason Sommer; Maura Tiber; Lauren White.


11th -12th Grade Varsity:


  • First place: Wheeling Park High School Team A – Brian Dayton; Marina Estep; Zach Kovalski; George Maness; Sydney Moffett; Hannah Petronek; William Sellers; and Brianna Singer.


  • Second place: Wheeling Park High School Team B – Ashley Dague; Morgan Glass; Allison Holmstrand; Sarah Ihlenfeld; Luke Knollinger; Donald Meredith; Bria Spigarelli; and Fiona Zhang.


  • Third place: Bridgeport High School – Steven Brothers; Josie Bugaj; Treavon Clark; Elliott Dean; Kamden Dulesky; Dalton Gacurak;; Sydney Kloss; and Nick Stanton.


Belmont College staff and faculty coordinated the TEAMS event and administered the tests.


TEAMS works to increase interest and awareness of engineering and technology-based careers with student competitions, assessment tools, career guidance resources, and more, along with resource materials for parents and counselors. TEAMS programs excite high school students about careers in engineering and related technical fields and help them understand the critical role engineers play in the world around us.


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