Batavia students design ‘Future City’

The Batavia Middle School’s eighth grade language arts students received an honorable mention at this year’s National Engineer’s Week Future City Competition, Ohio Region.

The gifted program eighth grade students who competed in the annual competition, which was held in Columbus Jan. 19, joined the more than 30,000 students in 1,100 middle schools in 38 nationwide regions that participated.

The student contingent representing Batavia Middle School was only one of the 32 Ohio middle school student teams that conceptualized, designed, engineered, and constructed a utopian city of the future.

Under the guidance of Batavia Middle School language arts teacher Mary Bradburn and Proctor and Gamble technical mentor/advisor Laura Michalske, the Batavia Middle School team was made up of Blake Banfield, Tyler Carver, Ian Malott, Cierra Isner, Hannah Beerman, Lauren Williamson, Sam Walker, Emily Hendrix, Taylor Swartz, Eva Gipson, Jewelia Marsh, Carrie Baird, and Sophie Enriquez. The three students who presented the project to the panel of five judges in Columbus last weekend were Blake Banfield, Cierra Isner, and Sophie Enriquez.