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GSMST sweeps UGA competition

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Students at Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology swept the 2012 Tests of Engineering, Aptitude, Mathematics and Science competition recently hosted by the University of Georgia.

Coach Lindsey Stamm led both GSMST teams to victory in their division. The ninth- and 10th-grade team competed against Tucker High School. The 11th- and 12th-grade team competed against Dunwoody High School, Fernbank Science Center, Mountain View, Cross Keys, Tucker, Stone Mountain and Miller Grove high schools.

The TEAMS event featured high school students participating in teams of four to eight members, using real-world applications of math and science to solve engineering challenges. The challenge during the 2012 event focused on "Engineering Healthier Lives."

More than 14,000 students across the country participate annually in TEAMS competitions. Questions are aligned with national education standards. UGA is one of two sites hosting the competition in Georgia.

"I'm extremely proud of our students and how well they represent GSMST," said Principal Jeff Mathews. "Their passion and dedication to competitions like this is amazing."

Added Mathews: "I love to see students who find their passion on academic fields and compete in a variety of STEM-related competitions. It's competitions like this that give our students an opportunity to show the strength of an integrated STEM curriculum."