The Grandville High School RoboDawg VEX teams have always been among the top teams in the World. Team 244A has a special history, having qualified for the World Championship in two of the last three years. The team held the top scores for the State of Michigan in the VEX Programming Challenge throughout all of last season. Here they come again!
Yesterday, in Traverse City, at the Walmart Northern Michigan VEX Qualifier, two members of 244A posted the team’s best score of the year and boosted their team to 11th place in the world rankings. Two outstanding young women, Ariana Martinez (a returning member of 244A) and Breanna DeJong (a bright new addition to the team) picked up the team’s best score of the year. This pair, playing without captain Dakota Hamilton and freshman Michael Furman who were at the state marching band finals, also impressed the judges at Saturday’s regional event – and were awarded the “Think Award.” One of six top awards at the event, the Think Award is given to the team who can clearly describe their autonomous strategy, write effective code, and consistently deliver winning scores on the field. Watch our blog for more posts about 244A as they defend and try to improve their world ranking over the next three months. It’s early, but this team of four RoboDawgs is going to go a long way. RoboDawg coaches predict that this team will play at the World Championship next April.
Overall it was an amazing event yesterday day for Grandville VEX teams. All three teams in the winning alliance at the 42 team Northern Michigan VEX event were Grandville teams, and all three teams in the runner-up alliance were RoboDawg teams. Watch for a separate post with more details on the RoboDawgs’ dominance at the Northern Michigan event.
A shout-out to the amazing Grandville High School Marching Band, under the direction of Eduardo Garcia. Yesterday, while the RoboDawgs were winning in Traverse City, they were playing without nearly two dozen RoboDawgs. Those RoboDawgs, however, helped the Bulldog marching band bring home a seventh place finish in the state marching band finals!