On Saturday, February 16, 2019, two teams from Cumberland County Public Schools entered the Region 8 Rubik’s Cube Challenge, which was held at Nottoway Middle School in Crewe, VA. The Cumberland Elementary School team competed in Division 1 competition (grades 1-5) and the Cumberland Middle School team competed in Division 2 competition (grades 6-8). Each team could have up to eight team members. Then, each team competes for the fastest time to collectively solve 25 Rubik’s Cubes. Not every member of the team has to be able to solve the cube—team members can share the work of solving all the cubes.
The Cumberland Middle School team solved all 25 cubes in 7 minutes and 1.408 seconds to capture second place. The Cumberland Elementary School team also captured second place in their division with a time of 5 minutes and 6.917 seconds.
Any member of a team who can solve the cube in under 2 minutes may also compete in the solo event. In the solo event, individual competitors compete to solve one cube in the fastest time. Marwell Arauz-Tellez from the Cumberland Middle School team was eligible to compete. He won second place in the solo event. According to competition rules, awards are handed out for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams and soloists in each division.
CMS students competing in Division 2 competition in the Rubik’s Cube competition included the following: FRONT ROW: Archer Angle and Sydney Winslow. ROW 2: Phillip Cross, Abigail Winslow, and Anthony Worrell. BACK ROW: Michael Osei, Marwell Arauz-Tellez, and Ms. Emily Ellinghausen (School Counselor).
CES students participating in Division 1 competition in the Rubik’s Cube competition included Mattie Layne, Peyton Bryant, Layne Haas, Osage Angle, Baylee Haas, and Coke Bryant.
Ms. Emily Ellinghausen, CMS School Counselor, stands beside Marwell Arauz-Tellez, who displays his trophy for placing 2nd in the solo competition.
Ms. Emily Ellinghausen, CMS School Counselor, accompanied the CMS team and watched them compete.