By CALEB SLINKARD
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.
GREENVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
The Greenville Middle School Gig-A-Bots Robotics Team as well as the Sixth Grade Center Cyborgs Robotics Team competed in the Texoma VEX Regional (Middle and High School) at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla. earlier this month.
Four of the teams made it to the elimination rounds, three of which made it to the final rounds. Two teams also won technical awards.
Team 2148J, comprised of Martin Castillo, Corey Hargraves, Marco Alcaraz, and Mayra Ruiz, advanced to the VEX World Competition in Anaheim, Calif., where they will compete in the Middle School Division.
Teams 2148 and 2148C were eliminated in the finals. Team 2148C is made up of: Nathan Fort, Hunter Hooten, Hector Pineda and Nick Ruprecht.
2148M is made up of: Coleman Avants, Ryan Bakkum, Hannah Mulder, and Aidan Smith. Team2148D was eliminated in the quarterfinals. Team 2148D is made up of Ryan Swistak, Channing Hemingway, Jacob Hunnicutt and Ethan King.
Tournament Champion, Team 2148J, won the “Innovate Award,” which is presented to a team that has demonstrated a strong combination of ingenuity and innovation in designing their VEX robot.
Tournament Finalist, Team 2148M, won the “Create Award” which is earned by a team whose robot design incorporates a creative engineering solution for the game challenges.
“I am extremely proud of the hard work that all of my robotics teams have put in this year,” Gig-A-Bot Coach Orion Casper said. “Our program aims to be as student driven as possible. They start the year with an idea and a bunch of parts and finish the year with a robot able to compete at the highest level. For a middle school program to be taking a team to Vex World Competition for the second year in a row is huge. Greenville should be very proud of the way GISD students are representing us all.”
SIXTH GRADE CENTER
Four of the Sixth Grade Center teams made it to the elimination rounds, and one of those teams made it to the finals.
Team 3148G, made up of Neil Smith, Brett Ozarowski, Alyssa Martinez and Jordan Frimpter, reached the finals, where they lost to the tournament champions.
Team 3148B was comprised of Brandon LeBlanc, Zachary Freeman, Nathaniel Stutzman, Rosemary Johnson and Hannah Cowgill. This team also won the “Sponsors Award.” This award is given to a team the judges decide is deserving of special recognition. Judges consider a number of possible criteria for this award that may not fall under existing awards but deserve recognition.
Team 3148H advanced to the semifinals after a hard fought battle. Team 3148H members are Rodey Wiggins, Kenzie Gray, Ethan Mcgee and Dalton Sims. Team 3148D members are Trenton Burns, Javier Littlefield, Yeon Soo Jung and Pamela Ugalde.
“Two of our 10 teams received awards and the rest of the teams were in the pack,” Cyborgs Coach Joanne Jenkins said. “This was a great performance for the sixth graders first year to compete.”