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Cazenovia teams place first, second in annual engineering challenge

"The Squad" team members, from left, Peter DeCew, Brendan Wells, Carl Bauder and Frank Marconi, along with their technology teacher and challenge advisor Jason Hyatt, pose with their awards.

"The Squad" team members, from left, Peter DeCew, Brendan Wells, Carl Bauder and Frank Marconi, along with their technology teacher and challenge advisor Jason Hyatt, pose with their awards. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— When the awards were announced, the Chittenango team “Logan and the Hot Chicks” placed third and also received the Judges Choice award for having the best improvement from the initial written design to the final product. The Cazenovia team “Girls on Fire” placed second, while the Cazenovia team “The Squad” placed first.

The Squad, consisting of team members Carl Bauder, Brendan Wells, Frank Marconi, Peter DeCew, Caleb Edelstein and Zac Morris included three sophomores and one freshman. The team not only received certificates for their victory, but also won a $500 scholarship for their school to be given away at the end of the year to a graduating senior going into a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)-related field.

“This is awesome. Awesome,” Bauder said after the awards were announced. “To do this for the first time and come out on top, it was a great experience. I’m definitely doing it next year.”

All four of The Squad members who were present Saturday (Edelstein and Morris were not there) said they planned to do the challenge again next year, and hoped to have the same team again.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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