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ASPIRE Academy at Connolly Middle School Team Solves 25 Rubik’s Cubes in 2:44, Ranks 3rd in State

Post Date:01/11/2018

Rubiks 3_400x244The ASPIRE Academy at Connolly Middle School Rubik’s Cube Club has joined the You CAN Do the Rubik’s® Cube Speed League, a new national leaderboard of the fastest elementary, middle and high school teams in the U.S. who have solved 25 Rubik’s Cubes. The team’s time earned them the “Elite Team” status.

The ASPIRE Academy team is ranked 3rd in Arizona after solving 25 Rubik’s Cubes in 2:44 (two minutes, forty-four seconds) at the Arizona Rubik’s Cube Competition. During the timed competition, teams of eight students from schools across Arizona worked collectively to solve 25 three-by- three Rubik’s Cubes in the fastest time.

Sixth- and Seventh-Grade ASPIRE Teacher Ariel Roller advised the Rubik’s Cube Club for the 2016-2017 season.

“I am extremely proud of our students and Ms. Roller,” said Principal Kathy Mullery. “The ‘Elite Team’ status is a wonderful accomplishment and certainly demonstrates our team's talent, expertise and ability to handle pressure!”

RubiksASPIRE2_400x244The Speed League leaderboard shows the rank, school and time of the fastest teams and solo competitors for the 2016-2017 school year. Results can be filtered by kindergarten through fifth-grade (division 1), sixth through eighth-grade (division 2) and ninth through twelfth-grade (division 3), or for all divisions. Viewers can also see the results by state or nationwide. Visit for Speed League results and to learn more about participating in or hosting a competition.

"I am so proud of my students reaching the Elite Team status!” said Roller. “Their hard work and dedication really paid off. I feel very fortunate to be involved in clubs that help promote and develop problem-solving skills and teamwork.”

Congratulations to ASPIRE’s Rubik’s Cube Club on their accomplishment! Thank you again to Ms. Roller and additionally, Sixth- and Seventh-Grade ASPIRE Teacher Lisa Jones for co-advising the Rubik’s Cube Club last year to prepare these students for success this year.

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