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North Marion High robotics program has had plenty of success in 2020, eyes state competition later this month

The North Marion High School Voltmasters-G.O.A.T (1812A) team recently won an robotics tournament held at Vancouver iTech last weekend with their alliance member, Egg (Sandy Robotics).

Team members, Hunter Wierstra (captain), Jai Levine, Calvin Sahlin, and Wyatt Jespersen compared their win as a redux of their winning team from their sophomore year when they won the Bronze Division at the 2018 VEX Robotics State Championships. That was a performance they hope to improve upon as they compete in the Platinum Division during this year's championship games March 13-14 at Chemeketa Community College.

North Marion's Voltmasters traveled across the river to Vancouver iTech Preparatory School for that school's first ever Oregon event. The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation allows clubs that fall near another participating state to align themselves with that state if distance to other qualifying events is determined to be too far to travel.

COURTESY PHOTO: SHERIE MORAN - The score that got the Voltmasters headed to the state competition.

Consequently, this win qualifies Team 1812A for the Platinum Division at the state championship in March.

"North Marion Robotics has had a good year," said Sherie Moran, engineering teacher and robotics club adviser. "Three teams qualified for platinum and three teams will enter the gold division."

Additionally, during the season, Team 1812D (Evan Price (captain), Isabella Mon, Andres Sanchez, and Jordan Williamson) qualified Platinum for their win of the Design Award at the North Marion tournament in January, and Team 1812C (Lauren Calkins (captain), Maya Bramel, Ty Bettinger, and Robin Lloyd) received their Platinum invitation from the Robot Skills Challenge contest this month.

On top of that, Team 1812C won a sportsmanship award and a create award for their helpfulness to other teams and their creative interpretation of a well-dressed robot.


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