Two New Hope High School robotics teams qualified for the VEX Robotics Competition High School Mississippi State Championship Competition in February after pleasing well in a tournament on Dec. 4.
The school had six teams — three in the high division and three in the middle division — in the Madison County Tournament, which is part of a nationwide and worldwide series of competitions presented by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation.
Thomas Oglesby and Joshua Wilcox (high school team 39702C) were named skills champions.
During the skills (programming and drivers skills) competition, the New Hope teams clinched the top 5 spots with Oglesby and Wilcox placing first; Trevor Davis, Aiden Martin and John Beatty (high, 39702G), 2nd place; Cooper Shepherd and Andrew Bozeman (middle, 39702A), third; Chloe Evans and Hayden Wofford (high, 39702B), fourth; and Jackie Robinson Jr., Tullos Walker and Hank Winter (middle, 39702D), fifth.
In the state of Mississippi high division VEX Robotics Skills competition, Oglesby and Wilcox placed first, while Davis, Martin and Beatty placed second and Evans and Wofford placed sixth. In the middle division, Shepherd and Bozeman placed first; Robinson, Walker and Winter placed sixth; and Stacy, Aubri Stacy, Savannah Jackson and Avary Slancauskas placed 21st.
Out of 1,945 total teams in the high school division in the world, New Hope’s teams are in the top 300. Oglesby and Wilcox are ranked 61, while Davis, Martin and Beatty are ranked 76 and Evans and Wofford are ranked 299.
Out of 706 total teams in the middle school division in the world, New Hope’s teams are in the top 350. The team of Shepherd and Bozeman are ranked 13, while Robinson, Walker and Winter are ranked 117. The team of Stacy, Jackson and Slancauskas are ranked 304.
Coaches Susie Oglesby and Robin Shepherd noted that they are proud of the New Hope robotics teams.