This past weekend, 5 Alvin ISD teams participated in the SeaPerch National Challenge in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program sponsored by the United States Navy. Students from Nolan Ryan Junior High, Manvel High School, Alvin Junior High, Passmore Elementary, and E.C. Mason Elementary boarded a plane headed to the east coast in preparation to put their skills up against the Nation’s best underwater robotics teams. Two Alvin ISD schools brought home top honors from the competition.
The Passmore Elementary team, SeaSharks, consisting of students Madeleine Geiman, Anna Wilson, and Carmen Mendez, earned a first place trophy in the poster presentation competition. Campus Principal Rosemary Reed excitedly shared that her students competed up in the middle school class and still walked away with top honors. Reed added, “Our three girls have been working with passion and diligence since September. They are walking away with a sense of teamwork, problem solving skills as well as an accomplishment that will stay with them for a lifetime. The Passmore Family could not be more proud of them.”
Students from Nolan Ryan Jr. High also brought home top honors. The Nolan Ryan Jr. High’s team, Elite Wave Riders, consisting of Justin Acklin, Bianca Acosta, Joshua Amistoso, Tyler Beckman, Regan Forrest, Aaron Johnson, Liam Ramsey, and Nikita Sighn, won the second place trophy in the Obstacle Course Challenge and the first place trophy in the Finesse Challenge.
“Our students were so focused and able to articulate their thoughts and ideas. When it came to the water competition, I was so impressed to see how our students were great communicators and worked together as team,” said Sue Montz, Assistant Principal at Nolan Ryan Jr. High School.
“The teams who won were very deserving and showed great diligence and persistence in their preparation over the course of the past year. They deserved everything they received. There were over 100 campuses from across the nation and our students proved to be head and shoulders above the best. Outside of the completion, we are so proud that our students were exposed to a lot of our nation’s history such as Plymouth Rock and Boston Common’s Park. They also toured a replica Mayflower,” said District Seaperch Coordinator and Alvin Jr. High Science Teacher, Randy Teal.