More than 1,100 robotics teams from 30 nations gathered at VEX Worlds last weekend to compete during three days of intense back-to-back matches for the chance to become World Champions. One team emerged victorious: the Ball High School Tors! A total of five GISD teams traveled to represent the island including three from Ball High, one from Scott Collegiate Academy and one from Austin Middle School. The Ball High School teams included Team 400S with Harold Abdul-Ahad, Team 400R with Daniel Walsh and Team 400X with Maxx Wilson, Charles Olsen, and Al Moffett. The Austin Middle School Team 400Z included Zander Wilson and Marshall Marks, and the Scott Collegiate Academy Team 400A included Brandon Madrigal and Cayleigh Reznikoff.
Team 400A from Scott Collegiate Academy competed in the Opportunity Division of the Middle School Tournament, finishing the qualifications ranked 22nd. They were selected to be part of the 8th seeded alliance but were eliminated in the quarterfinals by the eventual world champions.
Team 400Z from Austin Middle School competed in the Spirit Division of the Middle School Tournament, finishing the qualifications ranked 27th. They were selected to be part of the 8th seeded alliance but were eliminated in the quarterfinals by the eventual division champions.
Ball High’s Team 400R competed in the Science Division of the High School Tournament, finishing the qualifications with a 9-1 record, ranking 4th. They were the alliance captains in the Science Division, but were eliminated during semifinals.
Ball High’s Team 400X competed in the Engineering Division of the High School Tournament, finishing the qualifications ranked 27th. They were selected to be part of the 1st alliance and won their division, which advanced them to the “round robin” portion of the tournament. They ended with a 2 – 2 record, finishing the tournament in 4th place.
Ball High’s Team 400S competed in Technology Division of the High School Tournament, finishing the tournament ranked 22nd in their division. They were selected to be part of the 1st alliance, where they won their division. They advanced to the “round robin” portion of the tournament where they finished with a 3 – 1 record, earning them a spot in the Championship Round. The Championship Round featured the top two alliances facing off in a best two out of three match. The first match was won by our alliance and the second match by the opposing team. In the third and final match, Ball High’s Team 400S emerged victorious and were crowned the World Champions!
“It has been a true pleasure to watch this group of kids throughout the season,” said Brian Massey, the Robotics Team Head Coach. “They proved to me that hard work does pay off.”
As part of the 2016 VEX Worlds, GISD students also helped break the previously held GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the largest robotics competition! Both Middle and High School Teams competed against robots from across the U.S. and Canada, China, Mexico, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Philippines, Bahrain, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Columbia, Spain, Malaysia, Ireland, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Ethiopia, Japan, Syria, Lebanon, and Paraguay.
Image caption: VEX Robotics World Champions Maxx Wilson, Al Moffett, Harold Abdul-Ahad and Charles Olsen with the 2016 Championship trophy.