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Skrappy’s season finishes on a high note

SoVaNow.com / March 19, 2014
Bluestone High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 1413 finished its season at the North Carolina Regional Tournament in Raleigh, N.C. this past weekend on a high note. Skrappy’s Crew, the 20-plus students of Team 1413, learned from their competition two weeks ago in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and improved their qualification rounds’ standing from 22nd to tenth.

Competing against 53 FRC teams from six states as well as a team from the Netherlands, the experience of working hard to improve, cooperating and collaborating with other students of different backgrounds to see their hard work and ingenuity succeed, and the excitement of being part of a team effort and event, gave them a lifetime opportunity that will shape their lives in many different positive ways.

Team 1413’s 11 qualification matches over two days, in which Skrappy the Robot was randomly aligned with two other teams to compete against another “alliance” team, impressed the other teams and was one of the first teams selected by the top eight qualifiers, who chose their alliances to compete in the playoffs.

Although Skrappy’s Crew lost in the quarterfinals, the students all came away as winners in this life experience.


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