The St. John, Rochester’s Future City Team traveled to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 16 through Tuesday, February 19, 2019 to compete at the National Future City Competition. Nationals are held in conjunction with National Engineer Week each year in D.C., and teams from all over the nation and from around the globe attend the National Competition. St. John earned a spot in Nationals by winning the Regional Competition on Tuesday, January 29, in Novi. The team also earned People’s Choice Award and Best Project Design Award at Regionals.
St. John’s Future City teams have a long history of success. They’ve placed in the “Top 10” eight times and in the “Top 5” five times. Additionally, they are the only back-to-back National Winners (2014-2015).
The 2019 team provided an impressive presentation, even if they didn’t place in the Top 5 this year—they won two of the top three awards, including Best Essay and Best Virtual Design. Presenters are Emerson Kerska, Lily Myers and Anna Bochenek, with alternates Brandon Raikes and Jake Matthew. Jake is also the team’s SIMS city designer. The team was accompanied by Mr. Tim Grothaus, teacher mentor; Dr. Linda Gerhardt, Team Engineer Educator and GM Engineer, and William Abramczyk, Engineer Mentor and FCA Engineer. We are very proud of the work they did and expect to continue to see great work going forward.
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Photos courtesy of St. John Lutheran School, Rochester