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Village School Students Win Third Place at OTC Energy Challenge

Jordan Magaziner Steinfeld
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Divyesh Khatri, Omar Imtiaz, Olivia Bangs, Roberto Martelli, Dr. Meg Hennessy,

The Village School team placed third in the Offshore Technology Confererence Energy Challenge. (From left) Sophomores Divyesh Khatri, Omar Imtiaz, Olivia Bangs, Roberto Martelli, Dr. Meg Hennessy.

More than 60 local high school students worked to solve real-world energy challenges and presented their findings at the annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Energy Challenge, which took place at NRG Park, April 30-May 3. A team of students from The Village School was awarded the third-place prize winner for their innovative solutions. The team, which included Divyesh Khatri, Omar Imtiaz, Olivia Bangs and Roberto Martelli with supervision from Dr. Meg Hennessy, presented their ideas in the form of an e-poster to OTC attendees.

After their presentation, the students were able to explore the conference, including the trade show exhibits and enjoyed some one-on-one time with developers.

“OTC has been one of the most demanding projects I have ever participated in,” Village sophomore Divyesh Khatri said. “Countless hours were spent achieving perfection in our research as well as making our poster and video.” Divyesh said one of the best parts of the project was being able to meet industry professionals and being exposed to incredible research.  

“It encouraged me to explore different aspects of offshore technology and emerging technologies," student Omar Imtiaz said. “It also gave me incredible opportunities to interact with industry leaders and professionals who helped guide us and mentor us.”

Other teams of participating students came from local schools including The Kinkaid School, St. John’s School, The Energy Institute High School, Stratford High School and Westside High School.

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