Young engineers take home honors at fall conference

Posted in the Calvert Recorder on January 5, 2018

Calvert’s junior chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, Creative and Striving Hard to Succeed, assembled 42 students, parents and chaperones to journey to the NSBE Fall Regional Conference in Greensboro, N.C., Nov. 10 and 11 to “Ignite, Imagine and Innovate.”

CASH is a part of NSBE Region two that spans from the Washington, D.C. area to the Carolinas. Amidst workshops, career and college fairs, and hands-on activities, competitions were held against other NSBE junior chapters in the geographical region as students displayed their interest for STEM.

During competitions the chapter’s math and Ten80 radio controlled teams continued their winning ways. CASH middle school Math Counts team, Math “PI” Rates and the high school Try Math A Lon team, Absolute Values both secured second place wins.
The National Ten80 Racing Challenge program conducted a regional invitational at the conference. Competing for their third consecutive year, the Calvert Cruisers dominated the racing event and secured first place wins for Overall Performance and for the Racing Challenge. The team also captured second place for their Enterprise Presentation.
Making their debut, the Ten80 middle school team, Calvert Cruisers Next Generation performed extremely well. The team secured first place wins for Enterprise Presentation and Graphic Design. Several elementary students also received certificates for completing STEM hands-on activities at the Kid Zone.

During the journey, CASH members also explored the International Civil Rights Museum which highlights the valiant efforts of the Greensboro Four who were North Carolina A&T college students who played a pivotal role in integrating the “whites only” lunch counters at Woolworth’s in the 1960 by conducting sit-ins. The icons included Ezell Blair Jr., Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil and David Richmond. The museum housed within the original Woolworth’s store boasts many tributes to the courageous men and displays the actual lunch counters. CASH students also visited the Greensboro Four monument erected in their honor on the campus of NCA&T.

Led by Rhonda Thomas, LEAP Forward president, Tonya and Kevin Wilkerson, NSBE Jr. advisors, and team coaches Kristen Taylor, Georgiaetta Wright and Debra Plater, the competition teams performed very well and improved upon past successes.
A good showing by the Math Counts team, allowed the Math “PI”- Rates to finish second during competitions. Team members included Tori Jackson, Kevin Wilkerson Jr. and Micah Taylor.

The Try-Math-A-Lon high school math team, the Absolute Values completed individual and group math exams and advanced to the Quiz Bowl. Absolute Values Team members included Tiffany Jackson, Taylor Jackson, Samirah Brown, Malcolm Brown and Dorien Minor.

High school team members attending the regional conference included Kenadi Wilkerson, program manager; Alexis Hill, marketing lead; Malcolm Brown, driver lead; Dorien Minor, pit crew lead; and team members: Justin Holland, Tia Jackson, Grantley Bourne, Kourtney Goldring, Joshua Stubbs, Jocelyn Berry, LaVonne Alston and Kylse Cumbs. Middle school team members attending the regional conference included Kevin Wilkerson Jr., program manager; marketing leads Paige Plater and Tori Jackson, driver lead Joseph Parran III, pit crew Gavin Goldring; data driven design lead, Micah Taylor and team members Jeremiah Alston and Jonathan Parran.

Kid Zone participants included Jeremiah Alston, Angelique Wright, Quincy Quattlebaum, and Jonathan Parran.

“It was a great conference for all region two members and it allowed me the opportunity to be exposed to new things,” said Alexis Hill, Calvert Cruisers marketing lead in a press release.

Participation in the Fall Regional prepared NSBE Jr. CASH for future competitions planned for March 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pa., where all six regions will gather for the National Conference.

Coming off 2017 Chapter of the Year honors earlier this year in Kansas City, the chapter’s officers grace the cover of the 2017 NSBE Summer Bridge Magazine.

CASH NSBE Jr. would like to thank sponsors U.S. Air Force, Walmart, Dominion Foundation, Omega Pi Omega Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Calvert County members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Sewell Funeral Home, SMECO, KeBak, Calvert County Baptist Church, LEAP Forward Inc., ParkerSimms Management Solutions, Calvert County Board of Commissioners and NSBE Headquarters.

The chapter is still recruiting members for its 2017-18 season and other competition teams. Membership is open to all kindergarten to 12th grades students. Contact C.A.S.H. NSBE Jr. Chapter at