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ASFL Students Win 1st Place in China

A group of Huntsville City Schools students from ASFL (Academy for Science and Foreign Language) won 1st place this week in the 2018 Future City China Summer League held in Hangzhou. The ASFL team also won three special awards for Best Model, Best Presentation, and Best City Planning. The group was welcomed back at the Huntsville International Airport Friday night. This week’s competition was held at the Jinma International Hotel in Hangzhou, China.

The student team included Sarah Sing, Weixing Zhang, Preston Brown, and Donal Higgins. Teacher Angela Traylor along with mentor Ray Woodson, traveled with the group on the trip. Sponge City was the theme for this year’s event and students were required to conduct in-depth research on their community’s water system and come up with innovative city solutions for the future.

Sarah Sing “was in shock” when they heard that they had won the competition, adding that “it was such an honor to win.” Teacher Angela Traylor was equally surprised that they did so well, since the team only had two months to prepare, instead of the typical five months. Traylor said, “they really did not go expecting to take home any awards” and thinks that “these students are amazing.”

The Future City China Summer League event attracts hundreds of primary and middle school students each year. In the contest, young people are challenged to research, design and build their ideal future cities using teamwork to solve urban development problems such as transportation, energy, and environment.

ASFL teams have won the Alabama competition for the past seven years and won the national competition just two years ago. The ASFL team received a special invitation from the Chinese team that competed in the United States earlier this year to come to the Summer League event.