Warwick Middle School wins Future City National Championship

By on February 20, 2019

The Warwick School Board got the good news at its Feb. 19 meeting.

Superintendent April Hershey announced that Warwick Middle School took the Future City National Championship in Washington, D.C. The team was on their way back on the bus from Washington, having participated in the National Championship from Feb. 16 to 19. Earlier in the day, the team took the top prize among other teams throughout the U.S.

The middle school’s Future City team had already taken first place in the regional competition for the sixth year in a row. After many years competing in Nationals, they were thrilled to reach their goal of winning the national competition.

Each year the Future City competition challenges the teams to design a future city. For 2019, the teams were tasked with designing a city with a resilient power grid that could withstand a natural disaster. The Warwick Middle School team selected the city of Toyama, Japan, where historic flooding has threatened the city. The students developed a plan that would protect the power grid through layered decentralized optimization architecture, underground power, and water management infrastructure.

The students will be presenting their winning Future City at an upcoming Warwick School Board meeting.

“We are so proud of them,” said Hershey, as the school board and those attending the meeting broke into applause.

The winning team! Presenters include Xavier Flaiz, Grace Kegel and Lauren Matt. Other members of the team include: Matthew Bacon, Olivia Boland, Zoe Buchanan, Kyle Charles, Joseph Conrad, Carter Hain, Connor Henry, Paige Misavage, Ivan Tejada, Liam Zee, Jonah Ahlers, Ben Cosmore, Marin Davis, Carolyn Eisenbach, Nate Hovan, Thomas Jeanes, Caden Lausch, Elena Smith, Aiden Troop, Rebekah Trovinger, Maggie Turner, and Nate Wenger. The mentor for the team is Christian Kegel.

The school board approved five out-of-state and overnight field trips, including the Future City trip to Washington, D.C. They also approved a high school trip to Washington, D.C. to tour historic locations with GAPP Exchange students, high school students to Conrad Weiser High School for PMEA Regional Band, high school athletes to participate in Winter Track Nationals in New York City, and high school students to participate in the Regional Chorus Festival at Muhlenberg High School in Reading.

Several financial transactions were approved by the board, including a resolution for commitment of fund balance, the transfer of $2.75 million the general fund to the capital reserve fund, and the 2019 bond authorization resolution. They also OK’d the updated 2018-19 transportation contract with Faithful Transport, the 2018-19 budget transfers, and the disposal of obsolete equipment. The Warwick School Board accepted the retirements of five long-time educators, including Michele Witmyer as a high school Language Arts teacher, Maria Gruett as John Beck third grade teacher, Kara Rose as John Beck art teacher, Barbara Jones as Kissel Hill sixth grade teacher, and Wanda McKonly as Lititz Elementary first grade teacher. All will be retiring at the end of the 2018-19 school year after their many years of service.

Taylor Hamilton was approved as long-term substitute learning support teacher at Warwick High School. She is replacing Lisa Gleason, who is on sabbatical. Several coaches were approved, including Austen Lambert as an assistant baseball coach at Warwick High School, Jon Martin as an assistant high school boys volleyball coach, and Gavin Schaffer as an assistant high school boys volleyball coach. Schaffer and Martin will be sharing the position. The board also approved rehiring Eric Resch and Gary Schnupp as assistant wrestling coaches, who will be sharing the position.

The board approved the first readings of 10 revised school district policies. Three policies relate to nondiscrimination/discriminatory harassment, including policies on school and classroom practices, qualified students with disabilities, and employment practices. Other policies relate to hazing and bullying/cyberbullying. Two revised tobacco/nicotine policies focus on vaping and other methods that restrict tobacco and nicotine use. Other revised policies relate to procurement and federal programs for use of school facilities and public attendance at school events.

The Student Activities Committee presented five Sunday-use requests, which were approved by the school board.

They included Warwick Football to use multi-purpose fields and running track for Flag Football March 24- April 30; Lititz Youth Soccer Club to use the turf football stadium for the Lititz Edge Soccer Game on March 10; Healthy Kids Running Series to use John R. Bonfield fields in April and May; Warwick Girls Softball to use the high school gym for a PIAA Umpire Clinic on March 10, and Lititz Youth Soccer Club to use John Beck fields for practice and games March 17- June 2.

Laura Knowles is a freelance feature writer and regular contributor to The Record Express. She can be reached at lknowles21@gmail.com. 

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