From an Everett Public Schools News Release.
Jack in the Bots to compete with teams from 22 countries at the 2017 National FIRST Robotics Championships.
FIRST robotics Team 2910 - Jack In The Bot from Henry M. Jackson High School performed with excellence on and off the field and has secured a spot in the world competition in Houston, April 19th through 23rd. They will be competing with 400 teams from 22 countries.
The Jack In The Bot team did very well at the Pacific Northwest Championships at Eastern Washington University April 5th through 8th. Check out this YouTube video of one of the qualifying matches: QM87 - 2017 Pacific Northwest District Championship.
The team earned the Gracious Professionalism® Award Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.
“We finished the competition with an impressive fourth-place ranking in a field of the best 64 robots in the PNW (Washington and Oregon),” shared Maggie Thorleifson, Jackson High robotics advisor.
“The team’s drive team was led by mentor Patrick Woolfenden (FLUKE), who is an alumnus of the team from the 2010 season. The main driver, Caleb Hayes, was lethal on the field scoring gear after gear and playing defense like a pro for any team that tried to stop us,” added Thorleifson.
“Co-driver assisting in gear placement was Nadia DePaolis, who performed with precision. John Hagman, Braden Day, Zach Hubbard, and Jacob Bublitz fed the gears to the robot and lifted the gears into the airship and actuated the rotors on the airship,” Thorleifson beamed.
The Bots also received kudos from other teams for their sportsmanship between matches.
“When I visited the pits at the end of the competition the pit captain, Zach Holly, shared with me several pages of comments teams had shared with the judges about the nice things our team had been doing to help other teams,” said Thorleifson proudly.
“FIRST robotics is a sport of the mind that prepares us for the real world. We ‘compete’ like crazy on the field and ‘cooperate’ with graciousness in the pits! We call it Coopertition!”