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Team learns about construction, careers in competition

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Armed with boxes, tools, duct tape and schematic drawings, members of team 4Ever Green competed in the Construction Challenge on Feb. 7 in Aurora.

The team — consisting of seven Evergreen Middle School students — placed third all-around in the statewide competition, which teaches middle school and high school students about designing and building. The team took first place in the infrastructure challenge.

During the competition, the team participates in three challenges: The first part has the team explore local infrastructure issues — roads, bridges, water supply and wastewater treatment — and present ideas on how to fix America’s aging infrastructure in a display that is created at the challenge site. Then the team designs and builds a piece of equipment from scratch that collects, sorts and moves items from one area to another. Finally, the team diagnoses and fixes a piece of malfunctioning equipment using schematic diagrams and troubleshooting guides.

Team members are Mitch Lydyard, Conner Stephens, Jake McLeman, Keenan Wulff, Eli Wulff, Erik Holloway and Dylan Holloway.

Construction Challenge is sponsored by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and Desination ImagiNation. According to the Construction Challenge website, www.constructionchallenge.org, the goal of the organization is to help teach children about the construction industry and its possible careers.

According to team coach Jim Wulff, “the kids have participated in Destination ImagiNation for years, but the Construction Challenge was really focused on the kind of activities they are most interested in: building things. … In one part of the challenge, they solved a really difficult problem by changing their design on the fly and using a whole lot of duct tape. It's never too early to learn a lesson like that.”

The team’s designs were creative and fun, according to Angie Wulff, co-coach for the team. “Their teamwork was exceptional. Everyone played a part in helping the team to accomplish their successes.”

Evergreen’s top spellers to compete at Wilmot

What do the words feudal, advantageous, bequeath and falsetto have in common? They are words that Evergreen-area elementary students and sixth-graders had to spell to win their school spelling bees.

The students at the Bergens, Wilmot and Parmalee elementary schools and the sixth-graders at Evergreen Middle School will compete in the area spelling bee at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Wilmot gymnasium.

In a time when spelling is not a high priority for many young people, the bees help instill a need for proper spelling. The winner of the Evergreen-area spelling bee will go on to compete at a Jefferson County School District spelling bee.

Students competing in the Feb. 24 spelling bee are:

• From Evergreen Middle School — sixth-graders Cori Mayer, Shane Mosser, Gweneth Marter, Jenn Belz and Koltan Nelson.

• From Parmalee Elementary School — fourth-grader Jamon Tolbert, third-grader Nick Figurelli and fifth-grader Sam Fitzsimmons.

• From Wilmot Elementary: fourth-graders Joe Seliskar and Jordan Williams, and fifth-graders Kendall Gallagher, Grace VanderWoude and Ashleigh Pendleton.

• From Bergen Valley: fifth-graders Adriano Borsa, Olivia Landers, Henry Raeder, Jana Delp and Jimmy Newkirk.

Marshdale chili cookoff fund-raiser is Thursday

Marshdale Elementary School will have a chili cookoff from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the school. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 per family, with proceeds going to support the PTA’s efforts to raise funds for playground equipment. The chefs will be Marshdale faculty and staff members.

Night for the Academy fund-raiser is Friday

Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen is hosting its sixth annual A Night for the Academy from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The event, a fund-raiser for the school, includes music, dancing, food, and a silent and live auction. Tickets are $60 each.

Along with the auctions at the event, RMAE also has an online silent auction. To preview the auction items available and to submit

bids, visit www.rmae.cmarket.com.

A Night for the Academy is one of many fund-raising efforts put on by the school. RMAE is not a private school. It is a Jefferson County charter school, which means it gets some funding from the school district. The rest of the money to operate the kindergarten-eighth grade school comes from donations.

Bergen Meadow students collect Pennies for Patients

Students at Bergen Meadow Elementary School are collecting money to donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The school is participating in the Pennies for Patients fund-raising effort, and the school will be collecting money through Feb. 27. In the eight years the school has participated, it has raised more than $13,000.

Bergen Valley third-graders learn about presidents online

Third-grade students in Laurie MacArthur’s class at Bergen Valley Elementary School will learn about the nation’s presidents in a new interactive way.

At 1 p.m. Thursday, they will participate in an online quiz show through PrezQuest.com. There’s actually a live host who addresses the children by name.

Cartoon characters help teach children about how the federal government works and about specific presidents.

Have tips about schools in Evergreen? Contact Evergreen resident Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com.