Special Assembly Held for Students After Winning International Competition

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Updated: 4/16 1:03 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- A special assembly was held Wednesday recognizing student achievement at the Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology.

Among the students recognized was the student engineering team that just got back from Huntsville, Alabama.  They were competing the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge. For the first time, the team swept the competition beating dozens of other high school teams from 19 states, Puerto Rico, Germany, India, Mexico and Russia.

The students built the rover from scratch. The AACT team also won the Neil Armstrong Best Design Award for the "best technical approach to solve the engineering problems of navigating the extraterrestrial terrain."

"I couldn't be more proud of the way our students responded to the challenge NASA created for them," Addison Wihite said. Wilhite is an instructor at AACT and acted as an adviser for the project. "As a teacher, I have always found my work extraordinarily rewarding, but the last two years working at AACT have underscored all the things that public education can achieve with motivated students, passionate educators and administrators who support and trust the expertise and professionalism of the faculty."

Also announced at Wednesday's assembly was Robert Sullivan, the principal at AACT being recognized as "Washoe County Principal of the Year."


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