Several Greenville ISD robotics teams are making waves in the competitive world of VEX Robotics, impressing with their recent performances at tournaments. On October 13, these teams attended a tournament in Miller Grove, showcasing their talent and dedication.
Four teams, namely 4148B, 4148S, 4148V, and 4148Z, participated in the event, signaling an exciting start to their season, following the tradition of success from previous years.
Veteran team 4148Z took the spotlight, reaching the tournament finals and earning the prestigious Design Award for the best engineering notebook. This accomplishment also secured their spot in the 5A UIL State Championship scheduled for February and the Region 2 State Championship, offering them the chance to earn their third trip to the World Championships.
In their journey to the finals, 4148Z faced a challenging match against fellow GHS teams 4148S and 4148V. The 4148S team won the Robot Skills Champions Award with an outstanding score of 229, marking an exceptional debut for this freshman team.
Congratulations to the following GISD students:
Team 4148Z - Tournament Finalists and Design Award
- Jace Franklin
- Rhett Maner
- Hannah Maner
- Ian Kowalczyk
- Michael Adeluyi
Team 4148S - Robot Skills Winners
- Nicholas Gonzalez
- Nivaeh Medulla
- McKenzie Rosenbalm
The success story continued as two teams, 4148Z and 4148V, competed at the Lovejoy - All about the Bots tournament on October 21.
Team 4148Z excelled during the qualification rounds, finishing in 4th place, and forming a dynamic alliance with the 1st place team from Plano, 2029C Galaxy. Their innovative strategies led them to victory in the finals, setting a World Record score of 249 in their first elimination round. They also achieved a 231 Skills score and secured the Build Award.
A special acknowledgment goes to Aiden Cheney of 4148V, who demonstrated remarkable defensive skills and advanced to the elimination rounds as a one-man team.
VEX Robotics Coach Corey Bankston expressed his admiration for the students, saying, "As always, I cannot say enough about how remarkable these students are. Their hard work and dedication to our program represent our school and community in the best way possible. Our teams would like to extend our thanks to our administration staff, district leaders, and school board for their continued support of our teams."
Next up, eight teams from GISD will compete on November 4 at the GHS CTE Center. Supporters are encouraged to come out and cheer for the high school and middle school teams as they aim for even more success on their robotics adventure.