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Four eighth-graders from a homeschool team in Havre de Grace received a Team Collaboration and Communication Criteria Award in this year’s national eCYBERMISSION competition. With this award, each team member will receive a $2,000 U.S. EE Savings Bond and a certificate of recognition from the U.S. Army.

eCYBERMISSION is a U.S. Army-sponsored, free, Web-based, science, math and technology competition that allows students in grades six through nine to compete for regional and national awards while working to solve problems in their communities.

“The Invaders” team, comprised of students Erin Tellup, John Andrews, Danielle Hoppel and Katie Clifford, and led by team advisor Lisa Tellup, was recognized by judges for raising awareness about a destructive rodent, called nutria, that threatens the Chesapeake Bay. The students created a Web site and brochure about nutria and tested student knowledge about the rodent. They found that their Web site and brochure were important aids for informing the community about the nutria issue in the Chesapeake Bay.

“We are extremely proud of these Havre de Grace homeschool winners for their use of outstanding research, experimentation and analysis during this year’s eCYBERMISSION competition,” said Mike Doyle, U.S. Army eCYBERMISSION Program Manager. “These students were selected out of thousands of their peers, not only for their potential as future leaders in science, math and technology, but for their work to make their communities a better place to live.”

This year, more than 12,000 students registered for eCYBERMISSION and 2,005 teams submitted their research for scoring. Now in its seventh year, eCYBERMISSION has awarded more than $6.8 million in U.S. EE Savings Bonds in support of the science, math and technology leaders of tomorrow. Since its inception, more than 58,000 students from across the country, in U.S. territories and Department of Defense Education Activity schools worldwide have participated in the competition.

Registration for next year’s competition opens Aug. 1. For a complete listing of the 2008-2009 winners or for more information, visit www.ecybermission.com.


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