SCSD Students Dominate at National Society of Black Engineers Convention

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Several SCSD students recently participated in the 41st National Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers, competing in events in math, a science fair, a windmill competition, Vex Robotics, First Lego League and more.

The annual convention is intended to expose students to career possibilities and inform them about emerging technical fields. This year’s event, “Innovation & Excellence: Reimaging Your Future,” took place in Anaheim, California. Despite the long trip and a time change to adjust to, our SCSD students all logged impressive performances.

According to Nottingham High School Vice Principal and NSBE program advisor Ken Baxter, students can begin preparing in summer camp with math, science and technical writing skills. Then, in the fall, about 110 students of all ages from schools across the district begin meeting on Saturdays to prepare for the competition.

“Because our kids only have Saturday to practice, they have to work really hard to compete at that national level,” Mr. Baxter explained. “They worked really hard to meet the challenges of staying on top of their homework and preparing for the competition.”

At this year’s event, the Syracuse City School District High School Math 9/10 team became National Champions! Alexander Phan (ITC), Myles Cherebin (Nottingham), Chantey Morales (PSLA), Nasheett Usman (Nottingham) and Messiah McMillian (Corcoran) each took a written math test and then participated in a Jeopardy-style quiz bowl to triumph over their opponents.

The district’s First Lego League, faced with the challenge of building a robot that could help society, also won first place for its Core Values Project, thanks to students Brianna Bell (H.W. Smith), Sorcha Ingersoll (Clary), JP Choyitungiye (Clary), Jaelyn Howard (Clary), Kaelyn Williams (Clary) and Anita Khamtan (Grant). Another first place finisher was the district’s NSBE, Jr. team which won first place in oral presentation in the Technical Innovation Competition (science fair), thanks to team members Leslie Rosario, Kamira Nowlin-Flagg and Deonna Jackson, all Corcoran students.

In the High School Windmill Competition, Kidwind, Jaleel Berry (Nottingham), Jevon Jones (Nottingham), Zachariah Mayo (ITC) and Nazir Muhammad (ITC) won second place overall and first place for innovation. Meanwhile, our Vex Robotics team came in second place overall due to great teamwork by Tydre Bell (Nottingham), Alec Harris (Nottingham), Jordan Hart (Nottingham), Issac Ginty (PSLA), Kimberly Williams (Corcoran) and Shalyce Wilson (Corcoran).

Mr. Baxter says that, regardless of performance at the NSBE Convention, students who participate in NSBE are on the path to success. “The program challenges kids to really maximize their thinking and look at how they view college and what they’re going to be looking at for the next step. They do really well in meeting that challenge!”

Congratulations to all of these students for their exemplary performances!