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Submitted by Bob Parks
This past weekend, three teams from Brooks and Julian traveled to Omaha, Nebraska to compete in the Vex Robotics National Championship. There were 40 middle school robotic teams (the best in the country) coming from places as far away as Maine and Hawaii to compete.
Team members Diego Firpo, Mardi Hillengas, Daniel Jenks, Mimi Labruyere, Simon Lee, Ethan Mertz, Jonah Meshenberg, Matthew Mitrovich, Abe Sell, Matthew Testore, Matthew Wallace, and Chris Webb rocked the house with their performance. During the qualifying rounds on Friday and Saturday, one team had a perfect qualifying round with a 7 - 0 match record, and entered the finals as the top seed. Another went to the final round and finished second in the tournament! All three teams made the select group that competed in the finals.
The teams were accompanied by coaches Don Robinson and Mark Pickus from Brooks, and Tim Walsh and Jessica Moncatch from Julian, along with volunteer mentors Ed Sell, Sergio Firpo, and Bob Parks.
Both teachers and mentors expressed their pride and admiration in this amazing performance at a national level. All agreed these students, who had worked on perfecting their designs since October, displayed the engineering skill, teamwork, dedication and ability to recover from failure that led to this great success.
All wish to thank the many contributors that helped the Oak Park Education Foundation make this great engineering experience possible.
Congratulations to our middle schoolers at Julian and Brooks for their outstanding achievements at the Vex Robotics National Championship!