Woodbridge Robotics Team

The Woodbridge High School robotics team. photo by David Keith

The Woodbridge Senior High School sent eight robotics teams to the Virginia VEX Robotics State Championships on Feb. 17 and 18, according to Steve Zylich.

Four of the school’s eight robots got through the round-robin qualifiers and continued to compete in the playoffs for the title. In the end, the school’s Team D made it to the finals on an alliance with Team 180 from Haymarket and 6603H from Patriot High School.

They lost in the finals to an alliance made up of Team 8086A and 6740B from Glenn Allen, and 46C from Seton Junior-Senior High School, but still placed high enough to earn spots to the world tournament.

Team 1575D captained by Anders Hansen and members Bella Ortiz-Miller, Ryan Oubre, John Weidley, Emily Nolan, Alyssa Ehlers and Tiffany Ha, finished as tournament finalists.

Team 1575X captained by Andrew Tsai with members Skylar Matsuda, Daniel Diaz, Kayla Yarbrough, Hannah Morilak, Skylar Petty, James Tsai and Eric Spanbaur won the Community Award for making a concerted effort to raise support in their community for technology education programs.

Team 1575X and Team B captained by Michael Griese with members Ryan Crow, Savannah Brown, Sean Zylich, Arran Scaife, Katyana Russell and Mesgana Dinare earned a spot to the world tournament for having the highest point total in the state for the season for teams that didn’t qualify for the world competition in another way.

Woodbridge robotics participated in five regional competitions leading to the state championship. In each tournament, at least one Woodbridge team was part of the tournament champion alliance. Teams A, X, D, W, H, B and S were all part of at least one tournament champion alliance, meaning that they won the tournament.

Additionally, Team D won the Excellence Award in three tournaments, and Team X won the Excellence Award in one tournament. The awards are given to the overall top team that exemplifies overall excellence in creating a high quality VEX robotics program.

Woodbridge High School will be sending three robots to compete in the VEX World Robotics Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 19-22 . There they will match designs and wits with 540 teams from around the world.


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