Waverly Middle Schoolers Design Winning Future Cities | Community

EIGTH YEAR: Eighth-graders Waverly returned home as champions of the Nebraska Regional Future City Competition for their design of “Wiltshire.” Pictured are (front row, left to right) Zoe Bevans, Lauren Culver; (back row) Laila Trout, Payton Vorderstrasse, Jaden Ragsdale, Delaney Kutschera, Payton Veik and HAL coordinator Laurie Little. (Staff photos by Sam Crisler)

Sam Crisler, The Waverly News

WAVERLY – It’s the year 2121, the world’s energy reserves are plentiful, public transport is accessible at the push of a button, and local economies are self-sufficient.

It’s the utopia envisioned and designed by a group of eighth-graders from Waverly Middle School who won first place in the Nebraska Regional Future City Competition in late January. This was the first time Waverly students have entered the competition, and the team is in the midst of two weekends of virtual pitches as part of the national competition.

The team, made up of seven HAL (High Ability Learners) students from WMS, wowed the judges with their futuristic diorama that depicts a town in Montana, named Wiltshire, 100 years from today.

“It was a monumental task and a ton of work,” HAL coordinator Laurie Little said of the project. “But their commitment has been unparalleled. They just did everything right.

The team includes Zoe Bevans, Lauren Culver, Delaney Kutschara, Jaden Ragsdale, Laila Trout, Payton Veik and Payton Vorderstrasse.

Each competition team was tasked with designing a city that operates on the principles of a circular economy, which aims to avoid waste by creating energy and food from reusable materials. Only recycled materials were allowed in the project and each team was limited to a $100 budget.

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