Ten Coyote Springs Elementary School sixth-graders participated in the state championship SkillsUSA competition on March 27 in Phoenix. Two earned a gold and silver medal in the middle school Solar Cars contest.
The vocational education competition encompasses middle school through college. Humboldt District sixth-graders now attend elementary school.
"We were the only sixth-grade students this year competing at the middle school level," said Brent Welsh, science and social studies teacher, and sponsor/advisor for the after-school program. "We were allowed to compete since sixth- grade is still considered middle school at many districts."
Matt McKenzie earned a gold medal and Waylon Wools took the silver in the Solar Sprint category. Other participants include: Patricia Azevedo, Logan Poole, Tyler Calia, Dylan Butler, Dawson Turner, Hayden Schuff, Devon Smith and Alyssa Mason.
"My students worked very hard during the eight-week after-school program completing drafts of their cars, and actually fabricating cars from scratch using balsa wood and glue guns," Welsh said. "Bringing home gold and silver medals has shown them that hard work and paying attention to details is extremely important, and has instilled a great sense of pride and determination within each student."