SYRACUSE — Centurion consisting of juniors Joe Kelsheimer, Nick Murphy, Micah Rassi and freshman Evan Rassi finished third in the world in the skills challenge at the VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville, which concluded Saturday, April 28.
The team was given three chances to run programming skills time trials and the same for driving skills. The Rassi drove a score of 120, one of the highest scores in the world. In the last hour of the qualification for the skills challenge finals the team was able to score 92 points in the programming skills challenge, earning their spot to compete in front of 853 teams in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
The team also competed in the regular tournament and was ranked 16th out of 96 teams in their division. They partnered with the ninth ranked team from Connecticut and made it out of the Sweet 16 by beating teams from Connecticut and Ontario, Canada, but were eliminated in the quarterfinals by the number one ranked teams from Maryland and California.
Valkyrie consisting of freshmen Taylor Fiedeke, Vanessa Wright, Noah Beckner, Wesley Hays, Nathan Smith, Allison Cole and sophomore Jack Collins finished their qualifying rounds with a record of 3-7. They went up against some of the toughest robots in the world and gained valuable experience they can use to move forward.
First Class Greeting
Iron Pride Robotics was greeted at Wawasee Middle School by an escort of 17 emergency personnel vehicles from the towns of North Webster, Syracuse, Milford and Benton upon returning from Louisville at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, April 29, complete with sirens and flashing lights.
They were escorted from WMS through the town of Syracuse, ending at Wawasee High School.
The video of the escort can be seen by going to the following web link: https://www.facebook.com/clay.rassi/videos/2305055756429222/UzpfSTU1MjI0MDUzODIxMTM3MToxMzk0NDQ5ODkwNjU3MDk0/?hc_ref=ARTYaxy5-s8Xz2isfR10YklgLOJfCGS2UFQOQ-MdvhwczRL12mBqnLev_DBMXGf5LzQ.