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By Lacey Gardner

“Big Cat Robotics” team from Wellsville returns from VRC World Championship

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800 teams competed in Dallas, TX, Wellsville places in top 20 !

From April 25th- April 27th, Wellsville Secondary School’s VEX Robotics Team 14895B, “Big Cat Robotics,” consisting of seniors Ben Jordan, Ethan Bailey, Cooper Brockway, and Sean Driscoll, along with junior Lucius Griggs, and their coach Justin Skrzynski, competed at the VRC World Championships in Dallas, TX for a second-consecutive year. The three-day event included 800 of the world’s best robotics teams from over 50 different countries! After two days of qualifying matches, the team finished with a 7-3 record, placing in the Top-20 and advancing to the elimination rounds as the #8 seed in their division after forming an alliance with Team 3796F from J.L. Mann High School from South Carolina, before eventually being knocked out in the quarterfinals.

The VEX Robotics Competition (VRC), is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally with more than 20,000 teams from 50 countries playing in over 1,700 competitions worldwide. Each year, an exciting engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, build innovative robots and compete year-round.

The dedication and efforts of these kids truly put Wellsville, NY on the map as a contender in the international field of robotics! Our teams truly appreciate all of the support that they have received throughout the season from the school district, faculty and staff, and the surrounding community! Wellsville looks to continue its run of success with the introduction of next year’s challenge, “High Stakes.”

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