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Robotics team wins State Championship

The MHS Radioactive team (far left) is shown with member of its winning alliance.

The MHS Robotics team Radioactivity recently won the state championship as part of a 3-team alliance.

The robotics club is a S.T.E.M based club in which students code, program and build robots. They test their skills and programming at competitions where they team up with other schools. There are many aspects to building the robot regarding coding and skill.

“It was a huge roller-coaster ride throughout the day with very exciting moments and matches,” Mr. Joe Hussey, the team sponsor, said. “By the end of all the qualifying matches, they did not finish in the top 4 and had to wait to see if they were going to be picked by a top team to join an alliance.”

The MHS team was picked by Firewires, the No. 3-ranked team, to compete with them and another team in the championship round, which they won.

“Firewires liked our robot and recognized us because they worked well together when they teamed up in an earlier qualifying match,” Mr. Hussey said. “It was a day for the underdog for Radioactivity by being picked and for their team alliance beating the No. 2 and No. 1 seed to win the championship.”

Sophomore Jackson Moireland, who did a large amount of programming the robot used in the competition, feels as if this is an amazing opportunity for the team.  

 “I’m very excited to have qualified for state, and I really enjoyed being able to see the results of all the work we put into the robot this year,” he said. 

He thinks the experience at state and learn from other teams will be valuable for improving next season.

The team competed in qualifying matches throughout the day with randomly paired teams.

Overall, the experience was a positive one for the members.

“These kids meet and make new friendships and build connections through competing and working together,” Mr. Hussey said. “It’s a great concept.”



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