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High school J.E.T.S. teams perform well in competition

Friday, May 13, 2011

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Northview High School's Junior Engineering Society (J.E.T.S.) team members recently took part in a national competition. Students pictured are (back, from left) Austen Bowen, Garrett Wiss, Brad Harting, Ryan Beasley, Austin Brown, Jacob Booker, Robert Munoz, Brandon Pleake, Dustin Stevenson, Joey Thomas, Shad Brattain, Zephaniah Smith, (center) Jessica Magana, Minh Tong, Kris Snow, Timothy Murphy, Coach Kirsten Snow, Hallie Harbison, Stephen Snow, Bethany Wright, Mariah Schlatter, Zebulan Thomas, Joey Dierdorf, (front) Dylan Dyar, Kenny Spangler, Daniel Love, Shawnie Brewer, Gwendolyn Snow, Kaylee Strycker and Jacki Moore. Not pictured: Jacklyn Magana. [Order this photo]
Students from two Clay County schools say they actually enjoy taking tests after placing at a national academic competition.

Clay City and Northview high school's Junior Engineering Technical Society (J.E.T.S.) members participated in the 2011 J.E.T.S. Teams National Competition.

The two schools competed in different divisions because their teams were not the same size.

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Clay City High School Junior Engineering Technical Society's (J.E.T.S.) team members also recently took part in a national competition. Students pictured are (front, left to right) Whitney Jeffers, Michaela Hayden, Claire Miller, Kiersten Teegarden, Darcie Fritz, Krista Sinders, Grant Prindiville (back) Ali Souder, Kendall Fowler, Caroline Beyers, Sean Sinders, Kole Smith, Lindsey Vencel and Miranda Ingram. The varsity team placed 67th out of 132 teams in the national J.E.T.S. competition and the junior varsity team was one of the only two schools from Indiana to qualify for national ranking status in the National J.E.T.S. competition. [Order this photo]
"We invite the best math and science students from the school. We leave it open in case other students want to join too. We have student call-outs," Clay City J.E.T.S. Coach Scott Stucky said. "We have an entrance test that covers math skills like geometry, trigonometry, and high-level algebra, as well as critical thinking."

Northview had three varsity teams and one junior varsity team. The three varsity teams came in first, second and third at the state competition.

Northview's A team ranked 35th out of 123 other teams around the nation. The B team ranked 93rd and the C team came in 98th. The junior varsity team came in first at the state competition and ranked 42nd out of 50 other national teams.

For some students, being a J.E.T.S. member helps them gain knowledge about their future careers.

"The questions are pretty difficult. Some of it is physics related, but most is science and math. It's relevant to me because I'm going to be an engineer, but even if the others aren't pursuing an engineering career, they still enjoy it," Northview senior Zebulan Thomas said.

Clay City's varsity team placed 67th out of 132 teams, and was one of only four Indiana teams to qualify for nationals.

Their junior varsity team placed 40th out of 50 teams and was one of only two schools from Indiana to qualify.

There are two parts to the competition. Students complete a multiple-choice test and essay test. Their cumulative scores on each test determines their ranking.

"The essay test is the hardest part of the test. There's no multiple choice. You're anxious when you read the problem and try to learn and understand what it's about, and try to figure out how to solve the problem," Clay City senior Sean Sinders said.

Students are given 90 minutes to complete each section of the test, and they split up into groups of eight to collaborate on answers.

"The entire time during the essay portion, it seemed kind of fun because I have a good imagination. I had to figure out what can I come up with that answers the questions they gave us and is still entertaining," Northview freshman Daniel Love said.

The students prepare for the competitions by having practices after school.

"We can't do research during the test because we don't have a laptop or any other materials. You use your own knowledge and what you learn from the previous test," Thomas said.

Students also get a chance to socialize and develop relationships with other schools.

"It's an awful lot of fun. I think it's rewarding and they always do really well," Northview J.E.T.S. Coach Kirsten Snow said. "My teams have a tradition of eating a lot of weird junk food at competition. While we were in line, one of my Northview team members gave another school's team Twizzlers because the teacher mentioned she had forgot to get some for her students, and I thought these kids are so nice."


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Remember the names of these students AND their teachers. All have put forth the extra effort to see just how much their can accomplish instead of sitting back and doing the minimum. No one in these photos pushed the easy button.

Kudos to them all.

We can get more students involved in academic challenges like this if we mentored them and supported them with the same level as is done in Athletic and band boosters. I invite parents and other members of the community to invest your time in our students so more of them can reach their full potential as far too many in our schools are not. Get in touch with Jeff Gambill at Northview High School to sign up to help out next academic year. There are a load of varied skill sets and activities all could help with. Remember that each successful adult in our community means a contribution to the community as a whole.

Jennifer Moore, 2010-2011 Co president,

Academic Booster Club

Northview High School

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sat, May 14, 2011, at 8:23 AM


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