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VEX Teams to State
Posted on 04/13/2018
Image of VEX Teams(courtesy Akron.com/West Side Leader)

The Firestone High School Robotics Club and the Litchfield Middle School Robotics Team participated in the VEX Robotics Kalahari Classic in Sandusky Jan. 20-21, along with more than 100 teams from four states. A panel of professional engineer judges selected Firestone’s Team A for the Design Award in the high school division, one of only two top honors given in the high school category, which qualifies the team for the state robotics competition later this month. Members of Team A are shown below, from left, are: (front row) Liam Lee and Julia Borodkin; and (back row) Joshua Midcap, Tori Palmer, Nathan Bayda, Magdalean Weiss-Vopat and Charlie Gruhler.

Image of Firestone VEX Team

The Design Award is presented to a team that best demonstrates an organized and professional approach to the design process through teamwork, a quality interview, professionalism and an exceptional engineering log.

The Litchfield LARgos also won the Design Award, in the middle school division, qualifying the team for the state competition. The LARgos were the only Ohio middle school to win an award, and this event was only their second competition, according to team officials. Members of the LARgos team, all eighth-graders in Jefferson Whited’s Gateway to Technology class, are pictured below from left: (front row) Eli Nisly and Valentina Lopez; and (back row) Andrew Piunno, Andrew Stallsmith, Trenton MacLean, Andrew Monachino and Bethany Earl.

Image of Litchfield VEX Team

Mentored by students in Firestone’s Robotics Club, the Litchfield team first participated in the VEX Robotics competition Jan. 6 at Firestone Community Learning Center alongside 42 teams. The LARgos advanced to the quarterfinals and finished 16th overall and 12th in the skills competition, ending the day of their first competition ranked sixth in the VEX standings among all Ohio middle schools.

Also at the Akron competition, Firestone Teams A, D, E and F advanced to quarterfinals, with F moving on to the final round. Team F, aligned with teams from North Union High School and Akron Public Schools’ National Inventors Hall of Fame Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics High School, were defeated by an alliance of teams from Pickerington and Bellefontaine high schools. Ranked in the top 20 were Team F (fourth), Team A (11th), Team E (13th) and Team B (18th).

Also during that event, Christopher Morris, Firestone Class of 2015, was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Volunteers from The University of Akron, Kent State University, GPD Group, Mott MacDonald and Burgess & Niple assisted with the event. The Robotics Club presented GPD with a gift to thank the company for its continued support of the robotics club.

The VEX Robotics World Championship will take place in Louisville, Kentucky, starting with the VEX Robotics Competition and VEX U portion of the event April 25-28, followed by the VEX IQ Challenge portion April 29 through May 1.
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