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March 30, 2013

GISD students perform well in recent robotics competitions

GREENVILLE — Greenville High School has become well-known for its success in the international robotics competition FIRST, and 2013 is no different. Team 148 won gold medals at a regional in Houston and in Dallas earlier this month and are preparing for the FRC Championship on April 24-27.

Their journey to victory began in the Houston Regional on March 7-9.

“After six weeks of long days and late nights, the Robowranglers took their 2013 robot, Viper, to the Houston Regional,” Team 148 Coach Adrienne Emerson said. “This year’s game, Ultimate Ascent, involved shooting Frisbee’s into goals of varying heights and climbing a 90 inch tall pyramid at the end of the match.”

The Robowranglers had to overcome an early malfunction that caused Viper to fall from the highest part of the pyramid, requiring the team to rebuild the entire shooting mechanism in only three hours.

“I was so proud of the team for coming together when disaster happened,” Emerson said.“Everyone stayed calm, worked hard and, in the end, it paid off. It really goes to show how hard we work to be successful, and that’s a lesson I can’t teach inside the walls of a classroom.”

The team went on to form an alliance with the Robonauts from Clear Creek and Texplosion from Manor, an alliance that went undefeated in the elimination rounds and captured first place. The Robowranglers also received the Motorola Quality Award, which celebrates the best overall robot.

Two weeks later, the Robowranglers competed in the Dallas Regional with an improved robot, and went on to post a 10-1 record in the qualification rounds. The team once again went undefeated in the elimination rounds and claimed the gold.

“We were given the Judge’s Award, and it was noted in the description that it was because we were a major contender for every other award given out,” Emerson said. “I’m still in awe over the success we have. The students work so hard to deserve it.”

Student team members include David Aly, Stefanie Anthoney, Austin Baldwin, Kelsey Baldwin, Caleb Bryan, Bryan Chacon, Katy Dewberry, Rachel Doby, Joshua English, Jose Enriquez, Luke Follett, Elizabeth Hill, Caleb Horton, Caleb Larsen, Randy Larsen, Jonathan McClellen, Anna Morgan, Landon Moser, Justin Mumphrey, Cecilia Osornio, Kaci Porter, William Powell, Reid Rodins, Alyssa Ruprecht, Devin Siems, Jimmy Vaughn, Geovanni Velazquez, Riley Weeks, John Wensel. Teachers include Adrienne Emerson and George Kroncke. L3 Mission Integration Mentors include John Hodapp, Justin Griggs, Chris Horne, Steve Maxwell, and Monty Wineinger. IFI Mentors include Corey Chitwood, Art Dutra, Ricky Torrance, Jay Trzaskos, Ricky Quinones, John V-Neun, and Jeff Waegelin. Other mentors include Kevin Morris, Colin Doby, Dillon Row, Amy Yznaga, and Jessica Stidham.

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