By Tamas Mondovics
Under the direction and watchful eyes of coaches Kasi Dishman and Rebecca Byers, Johnson County High and Middle School students made history last weekend while participating in the 2019 VEX State Championships in Brentwood, TN.
Johnson County High School Team 63303A, comprised of Lauren Paterson, Dalton Sluder, Ryan Bilodeau, and Jackson Mays competed against 42 teams and was awarded the Design Award, qualifying their team for a spot at the VEX High School World Championship Tournament in Louisville, KY on April 24-27.
“Congratulations is due team 63303A and all of the Johnson County Robotics teams on a great season,” Dishma said.
Dishman explained that five teams from Johnson County qualified through their performances and awards at regional tournaments throughout the year to compete at last week’s tourney.
Two teams from the middle school competed against 23 other middle school teams and three teams from the high school competed against 42 teams from across the state of TN.
Gearing up for the next level of cometition is by no means a small task as the students will face off against 580 teams from across the GLOBE for the awards and top spots at the VEX High School World Championship.
Also awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award for the TN State Middle School Tournament was Ms. Kalli Sluder who has volunteered as the Head Ref at several regional tournaments in East TN.
Mentor of the Year at the High School State Tournament was Mr. Craig Sluder who volunteers many hours working with the high school robotics team.
The program is now seeking community support for its upcoming trip.
Anyone interested in supporting or donating to the JCHS Robotics team World Championship fundraiser is encouraged to please go to https://johnson-county-high-tn.ed.co/jchs-robotics.
Questions can be sent to Kasi Dishman at [email protected] at Johnson County High School