St. Michael's Academy

Springfield, Massachusetts

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St. Michael's Academy News



School of the Future Winners Announced!

School of the Future Winners Announced!
Left to Right: The Melting Pot, The Longhorns and The Visionaries

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THIS YEAR'S
SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE COMPETITION!



The competition was tough but after all was said and done, it was the judges who had the hardest job of all! This year's challenge was to build a community center and the competition included 15 entries. Also added this year was "The People's Choice" award where people were able to log onto the SMA website and cast their vote for their personal favorite.

Winners were announced at the recent Open House and included:

First Place: The Melting Pot
Jackie Barrett, Sydney Ferri and Kellyn Kuczarski

Second Place: The Longhorns
Halie Matthew, Jacquez Johnson, Corrina Williams and Justin Gonzalez

Third Place: The Visionaries
Elijah Ayers, Richard Bordonaro, Joe McCoy and Gerry Martin

The People's Choice: The Melting Pot
Jackie Barrett, Sydney Ferri and Kellyn Kuczarski

About the Event:

Four years ago Brian Sears, a school board member and local Realtor, suggested this competition to the school in an effort to help students look towards the future after suffering the devastating loss of their school campus in the June 1, 2011 tornado.

The Council for Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI) and Realtors Association host this annual competition which challenges middle school school students from across the world to design a new and innovate learning environment.

The project has since become a culminating activity for the 8th Grade classes at St. Michael's Academy. This years class was challenged with building a community center of learning. The project was introduced the first day of school and students met weekly to work on various portions of this project. Final submissions included a written report, power point presentation, google sketch-up (this is a Computer Aided Drafting program), physical model and oral presentation. On Wednesday, January 21st, 15 teams of students competed in front of a panel of judges to decide this year's winning school team. The winners will then advance to compete at the state level in February.

Last years winning team moved all the way to the international level and competed against schools from throughout the United States in Portland, Oregon this past October, placing 3rd. This years winning team has the opportunity to eventually compete at 2015 CEFPI Conference being held in San Diego.