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KC Robotics team wins state competition; headed to World Championship

March 24, 2022

Robotics TeamAfter winning the state FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition, KC Robotics Team is now headed to the World Championship in Houston TX.

“Our team provides students from across Kershaw County with the opportunity to develop STEM skills and learn engineering principles in a fun way,” said KC Robotics Team Coordinator Paul Sullivan. “It also reinforces the value of hard work, innovation and teamwork.”

For over 15 years, KC Robotics has participated in FIRST robotics competitions annually with great success. This year’s two teams—the Sea Dawgs and The Highlighters—both won top awards at the South Carolina State Championship with the Sea Dawgs earning the most cumulative points to beat 27 other teams and win the overall contest. The Sea Dawgs also won the Control Award and had the Winning Alliance Captain. The Highlighters earned the Motivate Award.

Two students— Emma Lee and Jenna Henry from Lugoff-Elgin High School—were recognized as Dean’s List semi-finalists with Henry earning the honor as a finalist.

According to firstinspires.org, students named to the Dean’s List are student leaders who have increased awareness of robotics in their school communities and who have achieved personal technical expertise while leading their school’s team.

KC Robotics is open to any Kershaw County student in grades 7-12. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students design, build, program and operate robots to compete with other teams in head-to-head challenges.

FIRST competitions combine the excitement of sport with the rigor of science and technology and are called the ultimate Sport for the Mind while student participants refer to them as “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”

The team is raising funds to help cover the costs of its travel to the FIRST Tech World Championship in Houston, TX, April 20-23. Financial assistance is needed to cover the cost of transportation, lodging, food and registration for 24 students and coaches for the competition.

KC Robotics is a 501(c)(3) organization, and persons interested in providing financial support for the trip can send a check to KC Robotics Team, PO Box 421, Lugoff, SC 29078 or search for KC Robotics Team through PayPal Giving Fund or GoFundMe. Information about upcoming fundraisers is available at www.facebook.com/KCRoboticsTeam.

Major team supporters for the team this year are Lugoff-Automotive Group, INVISTA, Duke Energy, Kershaw County School District and Kershaw Council. The team is grateful for their significant financial support.

Photo Captions for Team Photos:

Sea Dawgs: (l to r) Jenna Henry, Lugoff-Elgin High; David Sloan, Camden Middle; Payton Barrett, Lugoff-Elgin High; Camille Sullivan, River Bluff High; Weston Hook, Home School; Josh Heriot, Lugoff-Elgin Hgh; Joshua Hancock, Lugoff-Elgin High; Emma Lee, Lugoff-Elgin High; Craig Jeffers, Camden High and Nicholas Lounsbery, Camden Middle. 

The Highlighters (l to r) Gage Mobley, Lugoff-Elgin High; Josh Skinkle, Lugoff-Elgin High; Sebashtian Sharpe, Camden High; Austin Freeman, Lugoff-Elgin High; Gabe Bowers, Lugoff-Elgin High; Delaney Scott, Lugoff-Elgin High; Alex Harper, Lugoff-Elgin High; Dorothy Mandau, Lugoff-Elgin High; and Parker Jackson, Lugoff-Elgin High.  

Mary Anne Byrd
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