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April 16, 2013

Omni Eagles prepare to go deep in world championship

GREENVILLE — After winning a plethora of awards at the state and national level, all three of the Omni Eagle homeschool robotics teams are off to Anaheim, Calif., to prove their mettle in the VEX World Championship beginning today and continuing through Friday.

Omni Eagle teams 4000, 4000X and 4000A have collectively won six tournament champions, three Excellence Awards, three Robot Skills Awards, three Think Awards, two Programming Skills Awards, two sportsmanship awards, the Amaze Award and the Create Award at the seven different competitions throughout the VEX season.

Recently, team 4000A won the Think Award at the Nation VEX championship in March.

“I’m really proud of all three teams,” Armando Corrales, a coach for the teams said. “They all achieved this invitation by winning some sort of competition.”

The teams have been making preparations for the world competition, and Corrales said he thinks the teams will do well in the competition.

“Our chances are good,” he said. “I’m hoping that we will ally with a strong robot and advance far into the playoffs.”

The team began three years ago in the home of Amy and Armando Corrales. Made up of high school-aged kids, Corrales said the teams have received support from parents and businesses in Greenville.

“We were able to get support from Greenville YMCA, who sponsored us,” he said. “I appreciate the parental support, plus the support of our mentors in order to prepare our kids for success.”

The Omni Eagle teams received monetary support from the Greenville YMCA, the Knights of Columbus, Chick-fil-A, CiCi’s Pizza, Geeko3d, and Sweet Frog to help raise the $2,250.00 needed for registration to the championship.

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