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The Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) 8th grade Life Skills curriculum includes a service learning project. This year, the students at Thurmont Middle School (TMS) chose to help the people of Ukraine.

The students researched the needs of the people since the February 2022 invasion by Russia. The class decided to make and sell support ribbons and crochet bracelets in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Each student made a persuasive poster, advertising the sale of these items and set a class goal for $400. They surpassed their goal and will be sending a check for $423 to Direct Relief. Congratulations, TMS 8th graders!

Thurmont Middle School was well represented at the Frederick County Public Schools Technology Fair. The competition took place at The FCPS Career and Technology Center (CTC) on February 25, 2019.

Two eighth graders, Josh Aubol and Maceo Zelenka, designed and built the fastest hovercraft at Thurmont Middle School. They built the hovercraft as a project in Problem Solving class. Because of their creative engineering and consistently reliable hovercraft, Josh and Maceo were selected to represent Thurmont at the FCPS Technology Fair.

The two competed against teams from other Frederick County middle schools, twelve teams in all, with most of the county middle schools represented. Again, the duo prevailed. Their hovercraft, which they named Le Frog, was the fastest, and they won first place. The boys were awarded 3-D printed medals that were designed and created by CTC students.

Josh and Maceo were also presented with t-shirts from the current Automotive Service Technology program students. Since they won the FCPS Tech Fair, they now qualify to compete at the state level at The Baltimore Convention Center this spring.

Josh Aubol and Maceo Zelenka, eighth grade students at Thurmont Middle School, are selected to compete at the FCPS Techology Fair with their built hovercraft.

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Theresa Dardanell

Crime busters, bottle rockets, hovercraft, food science, and disease detectives were only a few of the events at the recent Maryland Science Olympiad competitions. After weekly practice sessions, fourteen Thurmont Middle School students participated in the Oakdale High School county tournament and the University of Maryland Central Regional Tournament.

The Maryland Science Olympiad, with competitions in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and technology, is a  program that encourages teamwork and cooperation, makes science fun, and, hopefully, gets students interested in pursuing careers in science- and technology-related fields.

The competition includes three types of events. Lab-based events require teams to complete a lab activity. Research events encourage students to prepare materials in advance and use them during the event. In the engineering events, students build a device, such as a rocket or robot, to accomplish a task, and the device is tested during the competition. The purpose of the “Mission Possible” competition is to design and build a device that completes a required task. In the “Optics” event, teams are tested on their knowledge of light and angles for a laser-shoot competition.

Sixth grade student, Joey Valcarcel, said that “Experimental Design” was his favorite event, because he enjoys a challenge.

Science teacher, Susan Mize, along with assistant coaches, Melissa Carter (chemist/biologist at Fort Detrick) and Jesse Love (retired nuclear engineer from Bechtel), as well as Catoctin High School student, Eamonn Law-Knotts, prepared the students for the competition during weekly practices. Mize said that the students did a great job at the University of Maryland Regional Competition. Teams were awarded first place in “Disease Detectives,” “Write It Do It,” and “Scrambler,” in their division and also placed in eight other events.

Pictured are: (front row) Seth McBee, Ana Morlier, Landon Scheetz, Quinn Law-Knotts; (middle row) Ethan Condon, Ava Morlier, Jenna Zentz, Joey Valcarcel, Science Teacher Susan Mize; (back row) Mr. Jesse Love, Abigayle Bowley, Kyle Dutrow, Kendall Abruzzese, Alaina Tuttle, Sophia De Gennaro, and Eamonn Law-Knotts (CHS volunteer). Unavailable for photo: Student Dustin Zimmerman and Assistant Coach Melissa Carter.