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March 30, 2013

GISD students perform well in recent robotics competitions



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.”

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