Eight students at Sutter Middle School in Folsom have won first place in the Southwest regional "school of the future design competition."
Winning the honor under teacher Debbie Krikourian's guidance were eighth-grade students Jude Elliott, Maka Yost, Stuart Bruce, Cameron Ingersoll, Trevor Darrow, Chris Wiese and Caleb Vanderpol along with Wade Kiesow of the school's seventh grade.
Students created a design that would use the broken-up Highway 580 infrastructure destroyed by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The design also included a community school garden featuring aquaponics and hydroponics.
In addition, students won first place earlier this year in the California-Northern Nevada competition.
Students used an engineering design model to create the "Sutter Middle School of the future," with help from HMC Architects, which organized and hosted entrants' work. Students also consulted with the Sacramento office of Rainforth Grau Architects.
The competition is sponsored by the Council of Educational Facilities Planning International.