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Piedmont students compete in TEAMS

Piedmont Academy's high school students recently competed in TEAMS -- Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science -- an annual competition. Pictured are Savannah McGinnis, Austin Bass, Clare Maloney, Gabe Hestad, Joseph Hardin, Math Teacher Ralph Hickman, Andrew Wilzman, PJ Leonetti and Britton Bailey.

Piedmont Academy's high school students recently competed in TEAMS -- Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science -- an annual competition. Pictured are Savannah McGinnis, Austin Bass, Clare Maloney, Gabe Hestad, Joseph Hardin, Math Teacher Ralph Hickman, Andrew Wilzman, PJ Leonetti and Britton Bailey.

MONTICELLO -- Piedmont Academy's high school students know about teamwork.

TEAMS -- Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science -- is an annual competition held throughout the U.S. for middle and high school students.

It is designed to help them discover their potential for engineering. Using science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, and 21st century learning skills, students work collaboratively to solve problems related to real-world engineering challenges.

This year's theme was Engineering a Secure Cyberspace."

Part 1 of the test was comprised of 80 multiple-choice questions based on eight scenarios related to cyberspace security.

Part 2 consisted of free-response questions pertaining to those scenarios.

On the multiple-choice portion, Piedmont tied for 14th place among teams from small schools with selective enrollments. Their score of 63 correct responses was the national average for schools in this class.

The team's answers to the free-response questions are in the process of being evaluated, with the results to be forthcoming.

Piedmont's TEAMS members were sophomores Joseph Hardin and P.J. Leonetti; juniors Britton Bailey, Austin Bass, Gabe Hestad and Savannah McGinnis; and seniors Clare Maloney and Andrew Wilzman.