BYNG -- Three Byng Junior High School teams participated in the 2006-07 U.S. Army E-Cybermission national contest.

Each team identified a community problem; investigated it using math, science, and technology; and proposed and implemented solutions.

The 7th grade Ear Bud E's team – Sarah Harris, Stormy Sayre, Jake Scroggins, and Chase Sorrels – researched and experimented to raise the awareness of fellow students to the many different kinds of sound sources that cause hearing loss.

They received a 7th grade Application of Science, Math, and Technology Award for the Southwest/Pacific Region. Each team member will receive a $2,000 U.S. Savings Bond.

The 9th grade Sunrays team – Chaise Haley, Taylor Hall, Buck Roberson, and Trevor Sutton – investigated the risks and benefits of ultraviolet radiation in sunlight to human health.

They collected extensive UVB and associated Vitamin D3 data during outdoor and laboratory experiments.

The 9th grade Face to Face team – McKenzie Bailey, Newakis Girdley, Mason Groves, and Brady Jennings – investigated factors that affect an effective response to a school security crisis.

They contacted Senator Susan Paddack about the need for schools to practice their emergency lockdown plans.

Senator Paddack authored Senate Bill 103 mandating all state schools to conduct at least one lockdown drill per school year.

Representative Todd Thomsen was the House author.

The students testified in a Senate Education Committee meeting in February. The bill passed Senate and House votes, and Governor Brad Henry approved it on May 14.

The Face to Face team received a Team Collaboration and Communication Award-one of 6 regional 9th grade E-Cybermission awards. Each team member will receive a $2,000 U.S. Savings Bond.

Each of the twelve students also received a certificate of recognition from the U.S. Army, a scientific calculator, and a t-shirt for completing mission folders in the online competition.

The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology also recognized the academic excellence of each team member with a certificate signed by OCAST Director Michael Carolina and Governor Brad Henry.

Byng Junior High students have been awarded a total of $86,000 in the past three years by the E-Cybermission program.

This year, 1,847 teams, comprised of 6,652 students, submitted their research for judging – a 65% increase over last year's submissions.

Mike Doyle, the E-Cybermission program manager who visited BJHS last fall said, “We congratulate the Face to Face and Ear Bud E's team for their fantastic accomplishments in this year's E-Cybermission competition. “

“These students were selected from thousands of their peers and truly set an example for leadership in science, math, and technology among our nation's youth.”

BJHS teachers, Linda Lancaster and Deborah Cornelison, were team leaders.

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