Future City Teams Win Big at Regional Competition
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 9:50 AM

Team Star Je Novi Mladi

This year's regional competition was the largest since it has been held in Minnesota, with 59 teams competing from across the state (and even 1 from Wisconsin). JPMS fielded 2 teams at the competition:

Civitatem Vita: Eli G-B. (8th), Dom N. (8th), Simone P. (7th), Victor S. (8th), Sam S. (8th)
Star Je Novi Mladi: Eva A. (8th), Maya G. (8th), Clover M. (7th), Julia M. (8th), Shirley O. (8th), Hannah W. (8th)

Ramsey made a name for ourselves the last two years by bringing home a combined 6 trophies. Justice Page again made an impression by continuing to be the only Minneapolis Public School (there are also no teams from St. Paul Public Schools) and by adding to that total this year by winning the following awards:

  • Engineering Excellence (Civitatem Vita)
  • Best Essay (Star Je Novi Mladi)
  • Best Model (Star Je Novi Mladi)

Oh, and Star Je Novi Mladi won first place overall!! Team members and their coach, Mr. Koupal, will be going to national finals in Washington DC in February to represent the state of Minnesota!

Congratulations to ALL the students for being such fantastic ambassadors for our school and our district, and now our state!

Your Help Is Needed
So much of our school’s Future City success is a direct result of the Maker's Space that our PTA and JPS parents helped to fund last year. It is greatly appreciated by students and staff alike, and clearly has been a great help for this year’s performances at regionals! Thank you!

Unfortunately, expenses for the national competition (travel, lodging, and a few meals) are only covered by Future City for three students—and our team has six members. The whole team made this win possible, and the full team deserves to attend the competition. Mr. Koupal has started a GoFundMe page to raise money to cover expenses for an additional three people. If you are willing and able to contribute to this cause, please donate here.

Be sure to like the JPMS STEAM Facebook page and follow the @JPMSSTEAM Twitter feed for updates as the team gets ready for nationals!