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Lake Stevens robots take on the world for the second year in a row


On Saturday, March 1, Lake Stevens qualified three teams for the VEX Robotics World Championships in Anaheim, California by taking first and second place in the VRC Western Washington Regional Championships tournament. 

The Lake Stevens Robotics Club (C-bots) had five teams competing in the VEX Robotics Western Washington Regional Championship, hosted by Cavelero Mid High School. 

There was a collection of the 35 best High School robots in the state.  Lake Stevens had three ninth grade teams, one eighth grade team and a team made up of sophomores from Lake Stevens High School.

This year's game is called Toss Up and here is how it's played.  In the morning, a series of random pairings of robots battle it out through eight qualifying rounds to rank the teams from best to worst.  

Then the teams line up all the robots in rank order. Eight captains choose two other robots to compete with in the elimination rounds to form an alliance.   The alliance partners work their way through the bracket until a champion is crowned. 

The Lake Stevens Robotics Club (C-bots) had three teams in the finals.

Lake Stevens' Five Guys Robots and Fries (all ninth grade students at Cavelero) were the team captains of the State Champion alliance.  They went undefeated through the qualifying rounds ending the day with a dominant 14 and 1 record.  

The team includes Skyler Baugher, Aiden Pile, Andrew Deebach, Ryan Sobsky and Jordon Conner.

Two of the three robots on the second place alliance were also from Lake Stevens. Including the sophomore team from LSHS with the team name Trifecta, That team includes Jonah Hansen, Jason Allen, Jacob Sasse and Alexis Hepburn.

There is also an alliance partner team named Geoff which are freshmen from Cavelero and include Jacob Lagajeno, Josh Beck, Jacob Hubar, Sean Lavering and Carter Alldredge.

 Team Pentafect, all freshmen at Cavelero took third place and include Luc Violette, Nic Brown, Andrew Moss, Jacob Andersen and Brendan Stillwell.

Cavelero's team PRI ended up being the seventh place Alliance Captains and was defeated in the first round.  An eighth grade team made up of all girls being a team captain in the elimination rounds against High School juniors and seniors at the Western Regional Championships is quite an accomplishment.  They finished the right qualifying rounds ranked 10th with a record of 6-2. 

Their team name is PRI and include Madison Woll, Kira Jensen and Jordan Jackson.

By finishing in the finals Five Guys and Fries, Trifecta and Geoff have qualified for the Vex Robotics World Championships in Anaheim, California at the end of April, where they will face the best robots in the world. 

Last year's world Championships had teams from all over the United States and representation from 40 different countries. 

For the second year in a row Trifecta led by Jonah Hansen was awarded the tournament's Excellence Award punching their ticket to the World's competition. 

"The recipient of this award is a team that exemplifies overall excellence in building a well-rounded VEX robotics program. This team excels in many areas and is a shining example of dedication, devotion, hard work and teamwork," Technology teacher at Cavelero Mid High School Jeff Lynass said. "As a strong contender in numerous award categories, this team deserves to be recognized for building a quality robot and a "team" committed to quality in everything that they do." 


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