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Students participate in Lego League tournament


The Lenihan Lego League team included, front row, from left, Jose Alvarez, Derek Peng and Ashten Finders. Second row, Josh Reynolds, Elexus Ocasio, Lilly Duff and Marcus Barker. Back row, Locke Bloomquist, coach Vanessa Engel, Connor Hugen and coach Connor Reynolds.

Students from Lenihan Intermediate School and Miller Middle School participated in the First Lego League regional tournament on Dec. 5 at Marshalltown Community College.

The team from Lenihan earned a second place trophy for knowing and exhibiting core values of the tournament- integrity, cooperation and gracious professionalism.

“The students were all very excited and had a great time interacting with almost 40 different teams from all over Iowa,” said Lenihan teacher and team coach Vanessa Engel.

Miller had a seventh and eighth grade team participate in the tournament led by teacher Ann Jackson. The eighth grade team earned the “Against All Odds Award” for being able to face adversity and still performing well at the tournament.

Lego League is offered in the Marshalltown Community School District by the Extended Learning Program.


The Miller 8th grade team included, from left, Zach Swartz, Angel Avila Zamora, Jay Drummer, Ana Nolasco and Heather Junk.


The Miller 7th grade team included, front row, from left, Cheyenne Mull and Maggie Stansberry. Back row, Ethan Benscoter and Victor Zavala Livengood.