AHS hosts final competition for robotics teams

News Photo by Julie Goldberg The Sanborn Elementary team of Ethan Kalisch, Zakk Miltz, and Alexa Blumenthal, left, and the Wilson Elementary team of Braxton Antkowiak and Erza Snyder combined to win the Teamwork Challenge Award on Saturday.

ALPENA — Local elementary schools brought their robots to Alpena High School on Saturday as the schools competed in the final competition.

A total of 17 teams competed and the first two hours were qualifying matches where the teams competed against one another to earn a spot in the playoffs.

Twelve teams moved on to the playoffs and they continued to compete against each other. The top three teams from the playoffs earned a spot in the finals.

The Besser Elementary team of Cruz Guthrie, Jack Caplis and Trey Adrian won the Excellence Award, which was the highest award given out at the competition.

“We are so excited and happy,” Caplis said. “It feels good to win this.”

The Excellence Award is given to the team that excels in many areas and is an example of dedication, devotion, hard work, and teamwork. That team is also committed to quality in everything it does and is a strong contender in numerous award categories.

“I definitely want to continue doing this,” Guthrie said. “I want to build the big and tall robots like the older kids do.”

Alpena High School Teacher Melissa Doubek said that the competition would have not been possible without the community foundation, which provided the equipment for the teams to use during the scrimmages and the final competition.

Alpena High School students were in charge of the competition and making sure everything went smoothly.

“The competition went really well,” Senior Hailey Boyle said. “All the teams improved from the first scrimmage, going from scoring 40 points to some teams scoring around 150 points in the competition.”

Sophomore Casey Stevens said the kids competing are so young, but were always excited when they competed.

“They have the same amount of excitement that the older kids have,” Stevens said. “It’s awesome to watch them have fun.”

Julie Goldberg can be reached via email at jgoldberg@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5688.