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Robotics teams heading to State tourney

Johnson County High School robotics students pose after theirtournament championship win at Bristol, TN. Photo by Susan Quave.

Johnson County robotics continue to dominate.

By Meg Dickens

The Johnson County robotics teams are at it again. Both the high school and middle school lived up to their reputation in the Vex Robotics’ recent Rebel Rumble Robotics Tournament at Holston High School on Saturday, January 26. Their accomplishments mean that both groups qualified for the state competition in Brentwood, Tennessee on March 1 and 2. The JCHS teams won the Tournament Championship, a Design Award, and a Skills Award. The JCMS teams took the top two qualifying spots and won both an Excellence Award and a Design Award.
The Johnson County teams are divided further into smaller teams within the entity.
High school robotics coaches Kasi Dishman, and Rebecca Byers lead the three JCHS teams.
Team 63303A includes Dalton Sluder, Jackson Mays, Ryan Bilodeau, and Lauren Paterson. Team 63303Z includes Jonathan Wilcox, Andrew Murray, and Dillon Long, while Team 63303V includes Emily Irizarry, Alex Jennings, and Kobe Cox.
Middle school robotics coaches Susan Quave, and Lane Sentell leads the two JCMS teams. Team 3075A includes Vanessa Perkins, Eli Fritts, Morgan Hodge, and Clayton Ecker. Team 3075B includes Jackie Jensen, Wyatt Decker, Gaston Dugger, and Alyssa Vanover.
“We couldn’t be more proud of the way these kids represent our community. They are smart competitors, loyal teammates, and well-rounded students,” said Kasi Dishman. “Earning a spot at the state competition is no small feat since the competition field has exploded in TN over the last two years. We are proud to have teams helping lead the way in East Tennessee.”
These talented students continue working diligently to modify their programming, interviewing, driving, and strategizing skills in preparation for the state competition. They strive to earn a spot in the world competition this April. The robotics teams will compete against approximately 35 high school and 35 middle school teams in 6 to 7 matches to qualify for the final round. Coaches are confident in their
chances.
“Our teams are looking forward to winning one of the top awards at the State Competition and qualifying for the VEX world competition in April,” declared Susan Quave.
The robotics program is still relatively new in this area. Team coaches and members are currently fundraising to offset travel and equipment costs. They recently hosted a spaghetti dinner and silent auction at the Crewette building on Friday, February 8. Their goal is to reach $1,700. Interested parties can donate at www.johnsoncountyhightn.ed.co/jchsrobotics.