RoboBuzzards Finish Well-Oiled Season
The RoboBuzzards finished their 2021-22 season with an in-house competition February 2. The game came down to the wire, but Team O, consisting of freshmen Diego Guerrero Viloria and Carson Smith, eighth-graders Tucker Melcher, Aadil Omer, and Ashwin Subramaniam, and seventh-grader Clay Patterson, bolted away with the win.
The competition, referred to as Rocket League by the students, challenged the boys to build a robot that could score on a soccer-style goal. While these robots weren’t performing rocket-powered, physics-defying flips through the air, the vertical challenge came in the form of a two-by-four that the ball had to clear to score.
The season officially came to a close February 8 when RoboBuzzard co-advisors Mr. Garrett Smithson and Mr. Nick Blackwell presented several boys with recognition for their work throughout the year.
- Freshman Joephen Chen received the Design Award for his exceptional work in keeping and perfecting his team’s engineering log.
- Freshman Diego Guerrero Viloria received the WALL-E Award for his diligent work and consistency as a newcomer to the school and team.
- Eighth-grader Fletcher Taylor received the Knight Rider Award for his skilled driving this year. Even with mechanical issues on the course, he showed determination and solid decision-making skills.
- Freshman Patrick Burke received the Optimus Prime Award for his leadership, especially with the younger and new members of the team.
- Eighth-grader Rohan Manne received the BB-8 Award as the outstanding newcomer to the team.