Eleven of Newcomerstown Middle School 8th grade students, along with our Gifted Coordinator Mrs. Marilyn Kramer, attended the Muskingum Valley Education Service Center Connections program on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Leif Argentine, Clint Durben, Ellie Foster, Bladon Garland, Rylee McCort, Gia Miller, Marlie Moner, Ricky Owens, Aiden Robinson, Kierstin Suggett, Jacie Tedrow and Brooke Young joined with students from nine other schools for a day of educational challenges, activities and discussions to promote the socio-emotional development of gifted students. Activities included the Great Rube Goldberg Energy Challenge, Speed Debating, Resiliency Tournament and the Forces and Motion Escape Room.