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Students build skyscrapers in contest

Eighth-graders Logan Hunter (left) and Craig Hope stand with their first-place skyscraper.
Eighth-graders Logan Hunter (left) and Craig Hope stand with their first-place skyscraper.

GENEVA – A skyscraper-building competition in Jay Neitzel’s eighth-grade social studies class at Geneva Middle School North recently rose to new heights, with the tallest skyscraper surpassing the record by 10 feet.

Jay Neitzel’s eighth-graders at Geneva Middle School North recently completed a unit on industry and urban growth, during which they learned about the Industrial Revolution and the growth and expansion of cities.

In addition, students studied past inventors, prominent businesses, and captains of industry.

 As a culminating activity, students researched a skyscraper, invention, and/or department store and then created one of their own to demonstrate understanding of the objectives. Although there were three options for the project, the majority of the students chose to build skyscrapers, and Neitzel said in a news release that there seemed to be a new emphasis on trying to break the record for tallest skyscraper.

This year’s top three finishers were Craig Hope and Logan Hunter in first place; Teegan Ebel, Jake Holst and Patrick Hughes in third place; and Emily Anderson and Courtney Schmidt in third place.

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