Tupelo High team wins state robotics competition

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UPDATE: Tupelo High School learned today that only one of the two robotics teams – the one that won the General Excellence Award at the state competition – will compete in the World Championships in April.

A miscommunication had originally led them to believe both teams qualified for the World Championships. The other teams will still compete at the TSA State Robotics Championship with hopes to qualify for the National TSA Competition in Washington, D.C.

The story below has been updated. More about both THS robotics teams will be in Friday’s Daily Journal.

By Chris Kieffer

Daily Journal

TUPELO – A Tupelo High School team won the VEX Robotics State Competition in Jackson on Tuesday and qualified for the World Competition in Anaheim, Calif., April 23 to 26.

Students Ben Alford, Jalen Eddie, Patrick Langford, Alex Scruggs, Levi Ray and Kyle Praseut won the Excellence Award, given to the overall champion.

A second team of Lizzie Buford, Alex Drumm, Cortevious Shields, Dilan Patel and Sajan Zaver won the design award at that competition, based on their robot’s design, engineering notebook and interview. That team did not qualify for the World Championships, but will still compete at the TSA State Robotics Championship with hopes to qualify for the National Competition in Washington, D.C.

Both teams are coached by THS teacher Amanda Gamble Wood.

See Friday’s Daily Journal for more information.