Island Trees Memorial Middle School 8th Graders Named State Winners in
the 16th Annual eCYBERMISSION STEM Competition
The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program Encourages Students
Nationwide to Develop Solutions to Real-World Problems in Their
The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) announced 8th grade
teams, "Teen Awareness Buds" -Jenna Napolitano, Dylann Ries, Christina
Morck, and Bobby Wadwa and "NoGoGMO" - Gianna DeFiore, Christina
Kachmarchyk, Tanisha Mohan and Ryan Romano, from Levittown, NY as 1st
and 2nd place state winners in the 16th annual eCYBERMISSION competition
- one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
initiatives sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program
(AEOP). "Team Staying Safe" comprised of Allison Morris, Vanessa
Emeribe and Kristi Denninger was also mentioned as a team of
distinction, honorable mention.
Teen Awareness Buds, NoGoGMO, and Staying Safe worked with Team Advisor
Michele Bajohr to examine the effects of
technology on task completion in teenagers,
genetically modified food education,
technology & staying safe,
The teams submitted their Mission Folder (the official write-up of the
project) through the eCYBERMISSION website to be evaluated and scored by
volunteer judges from the scientific and industrial community.
First-place state winning team, Teen Awareness Buds received $1,000 per
student team member in U.S. EE Savings Bonds and second-place state
winning team NoGoGMO received $500 per student team member in U.S. EE
Teen Awareness Buds was chosen to compete in a regional showdown and
received an additional $1,000 per student team member in which they
presented to judges through a video-link for an opportunity to win the
region and go on to a national competition. Their dedication and
extensive preparation allowed them to do a great job representing Island
Trees Memorial Middle School.
We are all very proud of these children.