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Poolesville students take 2nd and 3rd places in design competition to help the disabled

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Students from Poolesville High School took second and third place in a national design competition aimed at helping individuals with developmental disabilities.

The second-place team from Poolesville took home $3,000 for a device to help employees at the Scott Key Center in Frederick count and arrange tea packets into boxes while the third-place team received $1,000 for their cradle made out of PVC pipe. The cradle is designed to keep rain barrels from rolling around as employees wash them.

The two teams of Poolesville students competed with three others from around the country in the AbilityOne Network Design Challenge on Friday in Alexandria.

The students who took first place were from Wethersfield High School in Connecticut. They created a device that helped employees with disabilities more efficiently insert a chain into a carrying case for earplugs designed for military personnel.

Last year, students from Poolesville took first place. Learn more about the students from Poolesville and their devices.

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