Bryant Engineering earns third straight trip to World Championships

Bryant Hornet Engineering, including five teams (three from Bryant High School and two from middle school), captured all three tournament champion awards in the 2015 VEX Robotics State championship competition. For the third year in a row, Bryant will represent the state at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Ky., which includes 400 teams from around the world.

Bryant teams earned the Design Award, the Judges Award and the Robot Skills Challenge Award, while setting new scoring records for the state.

Bryant High School teams included Sarah Anderson, Katilyn Baldwin, Carson Deer, Zack Foltz, Lizeth Hernandez, Christian Herron, Landen Ho, Alex Kirchner, Francisco Martinez, Monica Martinez, Kara Maurer, David Perez, Joe Sartini, Joe Smith, Dhyan Thacker, Steven Trinh, Sunny Uppal, Ryan West, Bryce Wilkerson and Buddy Williams.

Bryant Middle School teams included Emily Carlson, Meagan Chism, Harrison Downs, Kristin Garner, Ali Hamza, Dulce Hernandez, Abbie Johnson, Gracie Kimbrell, Jade Ma, Vatsal Patel, John Richards, Sarah Rogers, Weston Sanders, Madison Stokes, Hanna Whisnant and Chandler White.

The teams are led by teachers, Jason Price, Debbie Norris and John Williams.

In the qualification rounds of the record 45-team competition, BHS team 5691B earned number one status. With that, 5691W and BMS team 1338B were chosen as its alliance partners.

During the elimination bracket, Bryant set new state scoring records on the way to earning the three tournament champion awards.

In addition to the Tournament Champion Awards, BHS team 5691B won the Design Award and the Robot Skills Challenge, setting another state record. BMS team 1338G brought home the Judges Award.

To fund the trip to Louisville, the program is accepting donations to enter a drawing for a long weekend at Big Cedar Wilderness Club Resort outside Branson, Mo. The reservation is for June 26-29th in a two-bedroom combined lodge that sleeps eight and has a full kitchen.

“We are requesting a $10 donation for one entry or $50 for six entries,” said Norris. “We will hold our drawing at the Bryant City Council meeting March 31, 2015.

Anyone interested in more information, can contact Norris at dnorris@bryantschools.org.

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