Methacton's High School Students National Champions in TEAMS Competition
Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) is an annual competition for middle and high school students designed to help them discover their potential for engineering. During this competition, students apply math and science knowledge in practical, creative ways to solve real-world engineering challenges.
In July, the Methacton High School (MHS) team traveled to Texas and spent several days battling 800 students who competed in teams of eight for the national crown. In the end, Methacton’s students, along with their advisor MHS Teacher Susan Cattie, were named national champions. The Methacton team of seniors Ajay Benno, Kevin Biju, Lucy Jia, Christopher Littrell, Kevin Liu, Vinay Parakala, Jenny Zang and junior Jeffrey Li. The Methacton High School team brought home two trophies – overall grade 11/12 winners of the National competition and first place for the problem solving competition.On their journey to the national competition, the students participated in Regional competition and won first place at Widener University to advance to the national competition held in Grapevine, Texas. Only the top 1% of the 395 grade 11 and 12 teams in the country are invited to attend and compete. Teams were to be comprised of eight individuals. The MHS team placed first in the state with a score of 65 and second in the state with their combined essay scores in the same competition. This is an uptick from last year’s third place state placement. The other schools that attended the regional competition included several prep and STEM institutions of which the Methacton School district beat handily.