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Sweet Home Makes it Two in a Row at Annual Minecraft Competition

1st place team with trophiesTeam "Emerald Order" from Sweet Home Middle School took first place for the second year in a row at the annual Minecraft Madness middle school team competition on March 29.

A total of 36 middle school students participated in the competition at Erie 1 BOCES’ Potter Career & Technical Center. Nine teams of four students and one teacher competed from the Maryvale, Cleveland Hill, Franklin (Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda), Lake Shore and Sweet Home middle schools.

The teams had a set amount of time to construct a working obstacle course in the Minecraft video game’s Creative Mode, followed by a period where they worked on completing the courses created by their fellow competitors. The team that completed the most amount of courses in the shortest amount of time earned first place.
 2nd place team with medals and certificates
Mr. Schleicher, technology teacher, led Sweet Home’s first place team. His team - which consisted of three students from last year's winning team - included eighth-graders Michael Falzone, Robert Heim, Brennan McCarthy and Adam Korte (pictured at the top).

Team “Maryvale Wild” from Maryvale won second place and consisted of sixth-graders Kaleigha Ortolano, Julie Gruber, Breonce Schmigiel and Michael Koch (pictured in the middle). Third place was awarded to Team "Christian Minecraft Server" from Franklin Middle School, which consisted of seventh-graders Shawn Domroes, Amelia Wilde, Hashim Iqbal and Braden Hoffman (pictured at the bottom).
3rd place team with medalsStudents who participate in this event are encouraged to be creative and develop coding skills. The friendly competition helps students build a sense of camaraderie among themselves and across school districts.

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