Congratulations to the Hanford High School Robotics Team 8099 for earning their spot in the state FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics competition! The team was named Overall Winner after performing well in all categories. They also took home first place for the Inspire Award and earned second place in the Control Award for showing innovative thinking in the control system. Members of Team 8099 are Nikhita Bontha, Grace Catalan, Emilie Cooper, Harriet Dalton, Grace Deng, Augustin Dulauroy, Abby Kerbyson, Christina Lansing, Bella McDermott, Emmaline McKinnon, Payeton Riehl, Emily Sperry, Vicky Trevino, Klayton Vargas and Grace Whitney.
Several other RSD teams also earned awards at the regional FTC competition. Hanford High School Team 20093 took first in the Connect Award for connecting with local STEM community Professionals. HHS Team 17103 earned second place in the Design Award for incorporating industrial design into robots. Richland High School Team 15010 won first in the Think Award for the best reflection of the engineering design process journey. RHS Team 18249 won first place in the Motivate Award for celebrating the culture of FIRST and showing what it means to be a team.
For the competition teams designed, built, and coded their own robots to solve challenges. In addition, teams were encouraged to reach out to local community members to spread awareness of STEM and robotics, learn about careers they want to pursue and get help with their STEM journeys. In every interaction, teams must display gracious professionalism.
Each robotics team also recognized students for their leadership and dedication by nominating them to the Dean’s List. The following students were nominated:
From Hanford High School
- Grace Deng, junior – team 8099
- Tyler Yao, sophomore – team 17103
- Paul Rolon, sophomore – team 20093
From Richland High School
- Ammon Medina, junior, and Nathan Hummel, sophomore – team 18249
- Jeffery Olson, junior, and Daniel Griggs, junior – team 15010