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Success in Shenzhen!

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High school robotics students have returned from a trip to China, competing in the FIRST robotics competition Shenzhen regional!

The two teams, the Phoenix and the Griffins, competed against randomly assigned teams over the course of two days. They then proceeded to form critical alliances with other teams for the finals—each match consisted of six robots attempting to pick up gears, shoot plastic balls and climb up ropes.

The students returned home victorious for the third time in four years, and the senior class are proud to be ending their high school robotics career with such an incredible list of accomplishments. In addition to winning the championship, the teams also won three additional awards. They took home the “Innovation in Control Award” thanks to the hard work of Jonathan ’17, Will ’19 and Kaito ’19.

Gavin ’19 was awarded the “Dean’s List Finalist” honor. A highlight for everyone was winning the “Gracious Professionalism” award, which robotics mentor Muktar Ali described as “the proudest moment for the team.” Gracious professionalism is at the very core of FIRST, and is defined as "a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community."

Muktar commented, “The students put a lot of work into supporting their competitors, helping others with technical issues and working hard to make it so that all the robots made it to the field to compete. It was great to see them displaying the ASL core values in such an inspirational way.”

Students will now progress to compete in the World Championships in April. Go, robotics!