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Pingry Robotics Takes First at FIRST!

Members of Pingry's Robotics Team quite willingly postponed their Spring Break by a few days the weekend of March 9—and with impressive showings at two separate events, their sacrifice was well worth it!

At the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition in Mt. Olive on March 9, Team 2577 (right), working with two robots, began their season by taking first place (they last won the event in 2014). They also won the event's Excellence in Engineering Award, and, for the first time, served as an alliance captain (teams compete in groups, known as alliances). Collaborating with the 222 Tigertrons from Pennsylvania and the 6963 Newark Blue Bears, the three teams won each of their matches and swept the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals to win the entire competition.

The victory of Team 2577 makes it likely that they will advance to the FIRST Mid-Atlantic Championship, held at Lehigh University from April 3­–6.

Two other Pingry Robotics Teams—6069 and 14543—qualified for and competed in the New Jersey First Tech Challenge (FTC) State Robotics Championship, held at Columbia High School in Maplewood, also on March 9. While neither team was able to advance to what's known as the World Championship in Detroit in April, they gave strong performances. Team 6069 received a special Outstanding Team Award for Consistent Display of Gracious Professionalism.

Congratulations, Pingry Robotics! And kudos to captains Alex Strasser '19 and Brian Kaplan '19 for leading the teams, as well as Advisors Mr. Jenkins, Mr. Bourne, and Dr. Jolly.

Participating students:
Alex Strasser '19
Brian Kaplan '19
Monica Chan '21
Micah Elwyn '21
Chris Gu '22
Derek Huffman '20
Alina Irvine '21
Jemma Kushen' 21
Guan Liang '21
Alesia Paliwoda '21
Eva Schiller '21
Jamie Wang '20
Andrew Wong '22
(involved in building but not at competitions: Dilan Bhat '20, Thomas Beacham '20, Bert Yu '20)

Photos, top to bottom: FRC Team 2577 kicked off their season with a win at the Mt. Olive district event on March 9 (photo courtesy of Dr. Laura Herndon P '19, '22); the same weekend, two FTC teams competed in the state competition at Columbia High School in Maplewood (photo courtesy of Mr. Bo Paliwoda P '21).

Contact: Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer,