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Over the weekend, Dec. 14-15, the HexaSonics (FTC Team 7023), our Middle School Robotics Team, competed with 96 teams at the FIRST in Michigan State Championship Event held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.
At the Event, the HexaSonics were in the Franklin Division where they completed qualification matches with a 4-2 Record and placed 16th.
In the Alliance Selections, the top ranked Team 8646 (KAOS from Howell), selected the HexaSonics onto their Alliance along with Team 9819 (RoboRats from Algonac). Their Alliance went on to become the Franklin Division Champions. In the matches for the State Championship the Alliance lost, making them the State Finalists.
The HexaSonics have advanced to the FIRST Championship East to be held in Detroit, MI on April 24-27, 2019.
The HexaSonics are part of the Allendale Robotics Organization which has FIRST Robotics Teams with students from K-12th Grade. The Allendale Robotics teams have students from Allendale, Coopersville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Homeschool, and more. For more information please visit www.allendalerobotics.com.
Allendale Robotis would like to thank all of their sponsors, coaches, volunteers, families, and the Allendale Public Schools for the support of their organization.
Over the past weekend, two Allendale Robotics teams from the FIRST Lego League, Circuit Breakers and Snickerdoodledoo Seahorses, competed at the State Championship I event in Mason. The teams advanced from the LEGO Mania Qualifier event held in Allendale on Nov. 17th.
At the State Championship, the teams competed against 56 teams with robot performance matches and judged presentations on their Project, Robot Technical, and Core Values (Teamwork).
At the Event, the Circuit Breakers robot performance ranked 9th out of the 56 teams.
The Snickerdoodledoo Seahorses, an all-girls team, was awarded the 1st Place Core Values Award for Inspiration.
Along with the teams accomplishments, the student coach, Celeste Haywood, on the Snickerdoodledoo Seahorses, also a High School TriSonics Member, was presented the Student Mentor Award after being nominated by her team.
Both teams presented at the APS Board of Education meeting on Monday, December 10. The Snickerdoodledoo Seahorses along with Celeste Haywood were given certifcates of acheivement by school board President, Christopher Breen.
Congratulations to all of the Allendale Robotics teams this season. Special thanks also go to all of the coaches and volunteers that help make these teams possible.
For more information on Allendale Robotics, please visit www.allendalerobotics.com.
On Friday, December 7, our students and teachers in grades 2-5 had the privilege of meeting with a nationally known author, Patricia Polacco. Ms. Polacco is the author and illustrator of over 120 children's books and she shared an inspiring message of the potential we all have to do great things in the world. The students spent time earlier in the week reading many of her books, watching videos and interviews with her online and then finished the week with her visiting and sharing a presentation in the Ceglarek Fine Arts Center. The students and teachers all agreed that it was a great experience.
On December 1st, five Allendale High School choir students sang in the Michigan School Vocal Music Association Region A Honors Choir at Flushing High School. That same day, those five students auditioned for State Honors Choir. All five students received top scores, and were accepted on the basis of their auditions into State Honors Choir. They will perform on January 26th at 3:00 p.m. in DeVos Hall. Pictured from left to right: Emily Hoekstra (12), Allison Judge (9), Brandon VanWyk (9), Emelia Grate (12), Lily MacOwan (12)