Future City Elective Students Win Awards at State Competition

On Saturday, January 13, four teams comprised of seventh and eighth graders represented HCS at the New Jersey State Future City Competition under the guidance of Middle School math teacher Chris Kunkel and Middle School science teacher Leigh-Ann Mitchell. This year’s theme was “The Age-Friendly City,” in which teams had to identify an age-related challenge that exists in today’s urban environments and engineer two innovative solutions that allow your future city’s senior citizens to be as active, independent, and engaged as they want to be. As a part of the competition, students had to write a research essay, simulate a city, build a model and present their work to judges who are professional engineers.

Seventh graders Grace Conlin, Emma Dezenzo and Ashleigh Phillips won 4th place overall out of about 80 teams from around the state for their city, “Grashmma.” Eighth graders Samuel Calmas, Nathan Kriegel, and Ethan Zhang won the award for “Best Use of Engineering Principles” for their city, “Aeternum.”