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Local students win regional robotics competition


Our Lady Academy (OLA) Alpha Omega Robotics Team members Alyssa Fayard, Maddie Amacker, Camille Ivey, Kendall Pavolini, Maria Schuyler, Sofie Talazac, and Ana Wadsworth recently won the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Bayou Regional Competition under the leadership of OLA science teacher Julie Cranford. Over forty high schools from Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida competed in the competition. The team will advance to the FIRST® Championship in Houston, Texas.

The high-school level robotics teams, with the guidance of adult mentors, had six weeks to design, build and program their competitive robot to perform a series of tasks as a sport, using offense, defense quick thinking and scouting techniques. Teams had to use code and programming, CAD, mechanical and electrical engineering, automation and robotics.


“Our team was amazing,” said Cranford. “These students have worked so hard, and their perseverance and dedication to the project paid off. I applaud their efforts and their team work in building OLA’s Award Winning robot. We are extremely indebted to our mentors, Joel Lawhead and Joe Schuyler, who have volunteered much of their time sharing their engineering expertise and computer knowledge with our students.”


Team member Alyssa Fayard is from Long Beach. Team members Ana Wadsworth, Kendall Pavolini, Maria Schuyler and Sofie Talazac are from Pass Christian.


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