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PMSA's Robotics Team Shines at Regional Robotics Tournament

The PMSA Robotics Team, The Monty Pythons, worked together and truly shined at the FIRST Regional Robotics Tournament held last weekend (Feb. 26-28th).

“Every year when I go there I get chills,” said PMSA Junior and Robotics Team Captain Sean Asaro. “We spent six weeks of our lives building this machine. At FIRST it has to perform.”

FIRST is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be. This year's competition drew 53 teams and thousands of high school students from around the globe.

The Monty Pythons finished 38 out of 53 teams and won four matches, which is twice as many wins as last year. In addition to their robot winning matches, PMSA’s Robotics Team was awarded the prestigious “Judges’” award for being a team whose unique efforts, performance, and dynamics merit recognition.

“Our team worked very independently without our mentors,” said PMSA Junior and Robotics Team Member Jenny Six. “This was our first year competing without our founder [Team Sponsor Tom Dix]. So, being self governing, our good spirit, and sportsmanship really helped us to stand out.”

The team was praised by the judges not only for their school and team spirit, but also for their presentation, and the huge purple mascot, The Monty Python, which hung over their pit.

“At PTHS 209, we are extremely proud of our Robotics Team,” said PTHS 209 Supt. Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “The Monty Pythons have represented us well. I encourage the students to keep going strong.”

Though students say they’d hoped to finish higher in the rankings, they recognize that every year they learn something new, get better, and get closer to being number one.

“We’re improving every year” said Asaro. “This year we advanced our knowledge and tried things that are more difficult. Our goal is to come in first. We didn’t come in first but we definitely advanced.”

Congratulations Monty Pythons! We are so proud of you!

***Please see PMSA Robotics Tournament Slideshow (above). All Robotics Team photos are courtesy of PMSA Student and Robotics Team Member Sen Heyaho.

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