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OPA Future City team takes second
Olympic Peninsula Academy’s Future City students placed second at a Jan. 25 competition held in Seattle at Boeing Museum of Flight, along with being voted favorite team by all their peers.
Presenters began their morning with orientation. From there, their first-round panel of judging began at 9:30 a.m., finishing the morning session by 11:30 a.m. Students completed two rounds with the engineers’ panels and then were asked two specialty questions by the surveying group and engineers who sponsored the event.
These tasks tested the presenters on their knowledge and understanding of how a city works and what it takes to develop a working idea, then making it potentially viable.
Three of the eight Future City students — Liam Byrne, Cristen Hardwick and Fiona Humphrey — served as presenters for the group from Sequim at competition. Presenters had to answers questions that directly correlate with information from their essay and narrative. They also had to remember points of discussion from months of preparation leading up to the event.
OPA students received guidance and support from mentor Paul Farley and instructor Lilli Hardesty, along with supplemental help from a former student.