Mission Jr. High School had two teams compete in the 2018 Texas Math and Science Coaches Association State Championship (TMSCA) which had exceptional results. The Science team brought home the 2018 TMSCA State Championship title and the 5A State Science Co-Champions. The Science team members are Mariano Garcia, Juan Carlos Mejia-Chevaili, Nikolas Salinas, Nikolas Salinas, Marcos Garcia, Jackie Padilla, Alyssa Gonzalez, Kayla Salinas, Paulina Arizpe-Romo, Lesley Barrera, Autumn Gonzalez, Mikaela Martinez, Kathryn Keller, Camila Cedillo, Jacob Dominguez, and Jaime Ceja. The 5A State Science Co-Champions for 8th grade are Mariano Garcia and Paulina Arizpe-Romo. This team is under the direction of Coach David Land.
The Science contest challenges students to read comprehensively in the areas of biology, chemistry and physics, and to gain an understanding of the significance of experiments rather than to recall details. It also requires them to be alert to new discoveries and information in the areas of science, to gain an understanding of the basic principles as well as knowledge of the history and philosophy of science. Students must also foster a sense of enthusiasm about how science affects our lives.
The Calculator team took 2nd place at this competition and the team members include: Ethan Zamora, Quentin Rodriguez, Sarah Martinez, Amanda Olivarez, Sebastian Torres, Mike Padilla, Aaron Villarreal, Robert Beas, Victor Matt Gallardo, Brandon Molina, Amanda Lozoya, Nicolas Torres, Stephanie Gerena, Violeta Lira and Emma Zamora. The 5A Calculator Champion for 7th grade is Brandon Molina. This team is coached by Jesus Razo.
The Calculator contest includes calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, roots, powers, exponential, logarithms, trigonometric functions and inverse trigonometric functions. In addition to straightforward calculation problems, the contest also includes geometric and stated problems similar to those found in algebra, geometry and trigonometry textbooks, previous contests and League materials related to the contest.
Congratulations to both teams that represented Mission CISD exceptionally well at the 2018 Texas Math and Science Coaches Association State Championship.