Four fifth graders at Lincoln Elementary School spent three long weeks working on a PowerPoint presentation for the Cyberquest competition in November.

Faptima Betancourt, Hayley Foutz, Esteban Solis and Matthew Ayon spent hours researching hurricanes, writing their presentation, creating a powerpoint presentation, memorizing speeches and interviewing a professor from California State University, Fresno.

Their coach Nancy Frank said the students had set a goal to win first place and put in the hard work to do just that. "We met every weekend until the competition," Frank said.

The students were scored on performance, content and presentation. Frank said in order to receive a superior a team had to receive 90 points out of 100. Not only did they receive superior, they won the competition. Their presentation included information on what hurricanes are, how they are formed, how scientists predict hurricanes, what relief agencies are available for hurricane victims and how to prepare for a hurricane. Their PowerPoint presentation began with a video of hurricane Charlie and ended with video of their interview with professor Sam Omolayo who is an expert on violent storms.

This is the second year on a cyberquest team for Betancourt, Foutz and Solis. It is the first year for Ayon. The group competed against five other teams from across the county.

Lincoln had a total of five teams participating in the competition. Those students included: Josh Betancourt, Raquel Lopez, Brandon Seaman, Anyssa Frias, Rebecca Sousa, Benjamin Ramirez, Jose Sanchez, Jesus Baca, Michael Perez, Eric Sierra, Bernardo Gonzalez, Ofelia Saldana, Stephanie Sierra, Eduardo Cisneros, Isias Castro and Angela Bolonos.

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