Cranston West, Warwick Veterans students
engineer top honors in competition at URI
KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 20, 1999 -- The engineers of the future might
just come from Warwick Veterans and Cranston West high schools.
Teams from both schools captured top local honors in their respective
divisions in the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) national exam,
administered Monday, March 8 at the University of Rhode Island.
Warwick Veterans captured the Division 1 title, while Cranston West won
the Division 2 title.
Other high schools participating were Toll Gate and Pilgrim in Warwick,
Cranston East, Central in Providence and Westerly High School.
William Croasdale, URI professor of education and associate director
of technology for the University,s new Transportation Center for Research
and Education, which is housed at the College of Engineering, said one section
of the exam was graded at URI to come up with the local winners. However,
entries from all the schools that participated locally will be sent to the
national JETS office in Alexandria, Va. for final grading and a national
The members of the winning Warwick Veterans team, led by their coach,
physics teacher David M. Boyer are: Adrienne Marold, Jay Tucci, Joel Campbell,
Renee Crevier, Jennifer Hurtebise, Josh Wheeler, Matt Lemek, Sue McLaughlin,
Richard Agajanian and Robert Klees.
The members of the winning Cranston West team, led by the coach, physics
teacher, Dale King, are Stacy Rousseau, Jennifer Sczerbinski, Jessica Hudson,
Reuben Olinsky, Sean Walstead, Tom Iafrate, Mitchell Malachowski and James
The test ran for three hours and the teams, made up of juniors and seniors,
worked together to solve problems. The goal of the program is to introduce
high school students to engineering as a college discipline and career possibility.
All of the students were provided lunch at the University Club and then
given a short tour of the URI engineering complex. Top students in chemistry,
physics, mathematics, computer science and English are chosen for the competition.
"Yes English, Croasdale said with a laugh. "The teams have to
explain their answers in plain English. The students may have expertise
in one area, but there is crossover talent, Croasdale said.
"This is open to all high schools in the state, and we,ve been encouraging
greater participation each year. It,s a great way to introduce these students
to our outstanding College of Engineering and our outstanding University.
"The kids enjoy themselves, and they meet people from other schools,
During lunch, the students heard short talks by Daniel Urish, URI professor
of civil engineering and director of the transportation center; Richard
Vandeputte, assistant dean of the college of Engineering and Spencer Martin,
professor of accounting in the College of Business Administration.
Maurice Blais, retired chairman of the Science Department at Toll Gate
High School, assisted Croasdale with the event.
For Further Information: William Croasdale 401-874-4161
Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116