3 Jun 2015

Two First Nations MESA Teams Win Big at State

Two First Nations MESA Teams Win Big at State

Author: David Mance  /  Categories: Sciences & Technology  / 

Two Yakima Valley MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) teams scored big at the Washington State MESA Day competition, held at the at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash. May 9. One team will go on to the national competition June 17-20, 2015 in Ogden, Utah.

The two teams, one from White Swan High School, the other from Toppenish Middle School, are part of First Nations MESA. Both teams designed and constructed prosthetic arms, which were tested for dexterity, accuracy and versatility. Both teams also had to write papers and deliver oral presentations for their project. The White Swan team captured first place for their technical paper and the arm’s dexterity, and second for both design efficiency and distance accuracy. The Toppenish team took third place in distance accuracy.

White Swan High School seniors Nocona Abrams and Marisa Spencer also took home first place overall. Heritage University’s, First Nations MESA Director Monette Becenti is very proud of Abrams and Spencer. “They beat competitors from Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Tri-Cities and Vancouver. They worked very hard for this honor, they deserve this win,” said Becenti. “We know they will show the same drive to win at nationals.”

First Nations MESA is a joint program between Heritage University and the University of Washington. Its goal is to provide opportunities for underrepresented students in grades K-12, to excel in mathematics, engineering and science.

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