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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 Communities.

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,  and

technology & staying safe, respectively.

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 Savings Bonds.

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.






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