Robotics Team 4886A’s Alliance Places First

Robotics Team 4886A’s Alliance Places First

The 2016-17 robotics season has begun!

At the first New Hampshire / Vermont regional tournament (Trinity High School Granite State VRC Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 29), Thetford Academy’s Team 4886 was well represented among 34 competing teams. Team 4886B, Black Mesa, consisting of Senior Janos Groszek (who was away at a college open house) and 7th grader Tate Whiteberg, finished in ninth place. Team 4486A, Aperture Science, with senior Justin Duguay and eighth grader Alex Holzer, finished 17th. Team 4886C, with freshman Hogan Guo, finished 23rd. But that was only in the qualification rounds.

In the second part of the tournament, team alliances are chosen and teams are eliminated through quarterfinals, semifinals and the final round. Team 4886C (Hogan) was chosen by the seventh seed (out of eight) and was eliminated in the quarterfinals. Team 4886B (Tate, pictured below) was chosen by the fourth seed team and made it to the semifinals, before being eliminated by the first seed alliance, which had picked our team 4886A as part of its alliance.

The alliance that TA’s team 4886A joined went all the way and won the final round, earning a trophy as tournament champions and an invitation to the NH/VT championship in February.  (Pictured above are Alex and Justin, with their trophy.)

This year, team 4886A has been mentored by TA graduate Matt Borst ’15, currently a sophomore engineering student at  Vermont Tech, who last year, with  TA grad Owen Marshall ’13, an senior computer science major at UVM (and two-time winner of UVM’s computer science award), won a world-level competition trophy for programming skills at the World Championships in Louisville, KY.

We are very proud of the accomplishments of our three teams, and hope to bring better robots to the next competition on Dec. 3 at Pembroke Academy, a school with a very fine robotics program.
-Marc Chabot; posted 11/6/16