JETS teams earn high honors at competition [UPDATED]Published 4:31am Monday, June 3, 2013 Updated 6:35am Monday, June 3, 2013
The Fergus Falls High School JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) teams competed at a TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) event in February at North Dakota State University. The teams recently received the results of the tests and earned state and national recognition at the competition.
In the first part of the competition, teams of eight students worked together to answer 80 questions. The topic was “Engineering a Secure Cyberspace” and students used their science, math, problem solving and critical thinking skills to finish the test. In the second part of the competition, the teams used writing skills to answer four to six open-ended questions.
In the 11th- and 12th-grade competition, the Fergus Falls team of Jason Burns, Kaitlyn Neville, Taylor Olson, David Schneck, Danielle Schroeder, Connor Tarczon, Keianna Vogel and Brooke Wallington placed second in the division after a tie breaker. They earned a first place finish for schools of similar size and fourth overall in the state. After the first half of the competition, the team was ranked 13 out of 98 teams for schools of similar size in the nation. National results for the second part of the competition are not available.
The 9th- and 10th-grade team continued success from previous TEAMS competitions. The team of Megan Aadland, Hayden Devorak, Tyler Jorgenson, Sarah Overton, Alicia Quamme, Emilie Reard, Benjamin Schindler and Noah Strom placed first in their division after a tie breaker. They earned a first place finish in the state for similar sized schools as well.
The team also earned “Best in State” at their grade level for all schools. This is the third year in a row a Fergus Falls 9th- and 10th-grade team won the honor. The team ranked eighth out of 40 teams for schools of similar size in the country.
Two other 11th- and 12th-grade teams and a 9th- and 10th-grade team also competed. According to coach Jerome Holicky, all five teams competed and placed well in the competition.