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Written By The Mountain Eagle on 2/29/24 | 2/29/24

By Alex Waters

Margaretville Central School recently had twenty one teams of students compete in the winter STEAM showcase. In partnership with 21st CentED, Margaretville’s Ivan Herrera brought the community together in his role as MCS’ STEM coordinator.

Local judges Tracy Reither, Doris Warner, Donald Bramley, and John Hubbell had the challenging task of scoring each team — our own shark tank. Despite the serious setup, smiles and laughter abounded in the packed gymnasium.

The contestant teams pitched innovative ideas for both the sneaker challenge and food truck challenge. Beyond prestige, the 1st place teams for 5th, 6th grade, and high school will each receive real productions of their shoe prototypes. Cash prizes and superlative awards were also given out for all of the hard work on display.

Food Truck Challenge

1st Place: LilliAnn Van Benschoten     

2nd Place: Mackenzie Hubbell

Sneaker Challenge

5th Grade

  • 1st Place: The Queens - Harper Aubry, Miller Fairbairn & Blake Roberts

  • 2nd Place: KWP 17’s - Wylde Bender, Khaled Marin & Patrick MgLoughlin

6th Grade

  • 1st Place: RM (Random) - Addison Passarelli & Autumn Buerge

  • 2nd Place: Oxygen Industries - Jack Mead & Eddie Flores


  • 1st Place: Stichez - Miley Balcom & Callum Fairbairn

  • 2nd Place: ORO - Jaleigha Ortiz, Cheyenne Odell & Yaretzi Robles

Overall Awards

  • Timeless Classic Design: Stichez - Miley Balcom & Callum Fairbairn

  • Most Likely to be on Instagram: Oxygen Industries - Eddie Flores & Jack Mead

  • Most Innovative shoe: ABC - Aubrey Hougen, Blake Tallman

& Carlotta Sanchez

Students practiced public speaking in presenting their innovative ideas before a large audience. Their teamwork was on full display as each student brought their own vibe to a cohesive presentation. In preparing the students for their future, the STEM programs 

help students discover real-world applications, spark their creativity and develop 21st-century skills including media and technology literacy, productivity, social skills, communication, flexibility and initiative.”

With the major success of the winter showcase, Margaretville Central School will continue with an annual showcase and is considering adding a summer production.

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