Local Students Compete in Thomas Cup

Teams of OHTS Computer Technology and Pre-Engineering students took 4th and 9th place at a technology competition in Waterville last weekend.  

On December 2-3, Computer Technology instructor Stephanie Grover and Pre-Engineering instructor David Langevin brought 10 students to Thomas College to compete in the Thomas Cup against 40 other teams of high school and homeschool students.  Teams came from schools such as the Maine School of Science and Mathematics and the Baxter Academy of Sciences and from areas throughout the state including Lewiston, Falmouth, and Aroostook County.   

The Thomas Cup includes a number of technology competitions including cyber defense, gaming, nerf wars with robotics, crime scene investigation, and art.   The competition started at 6 p.m. on Friday and continued through the night until 10 a.m. the next morning.

While the Thomas Cup is centered on technology, competitors needed more than just technical skills to succeed. The best teams combined a mix of project management, innovation, creativity, teamwork, leadership, and more in order to overcome the challenges and defeat their opponents.

According to Junior Alan Coffin, “The Thomas Cup was very enjoyable and entertaining. The competition also showed us life skills, competing against of people toward a goal.”

Senior Emily Starr appreciated working with others who shared her interests.  “It was such a great experience meeting new students that were all equally enthusiastic towards science and technology,” said Starr.

Instructor Stephanie Grover agreed on the benefits of the event for students.  She also noted that “they ate more pizza than I thought humanly possible.”  

Oxford Hills students who competed were:  Dustin Bouchard, Chase Clarke, Alan Coffin, Nathan Cyr, Kyle Heath, Megan Linfield, Isaac McNutt, Nathaniel McNutt, Morgen Ray, and Emily Starr.

Grover and Langevin plan to bring students to the Thomas Cup next year.