Students from Harford win top awards at robot contest

EDUCATION NOTES

March 26, 2006

Students from Harford Technical High School and Aberdeen High School's Science and Mathematics Academy won top awards at the 2006 Chesapeake FIRST Regional Robotics Competition held March 17 and 18 at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.

The objective of the FIRST program is to nurture an appreciation of science and technology in students. The participants form teams and try to solve an engineering design problem. The project requires constructing a robot, an electrical system to operate it and a method for maneuvering it.

Seventeen students from Harford Tech were part of a three-team alliance that took top honors at the event. The students are seniors Rocky Dowell of Darlington, Brandon Jones of Havre de Grace, Lisa Pullin of Edgewood, Brian Ramsel of Joppa and Nicole Stugen of Aberdeen; juniors Robert Baker of Havre de Grace, Dominic Danna of Abingdon, Allen Dinan, Andrew Frank and Alex Morgan, all of Bel Air, Morgan Jones of Havre de Grace, Cody Millette of Forest Hill and Tommy Saulsbury of Street; sophomores Nick Clark and Joseph McClure, both of Bel Air; and freshmen Sean DeSchepper of Bel Air and Patrick Trzeciak of Aberdeen.

The Aberdeen High students joined students from the Park School of Baltimore to form the team that won the Rookie All Star Award.

The students are Stephen Albert, Kim Capers, Yuri Katrinic, Kinjal Patel, Ronak Patel and Tom Hargest, all from Aberdeen High; Darian Bailey, Paul Dagnelie, Paul Dennis, Paul Hobbs, David Schneider, Konstantin Vidensky and Alex Weaver, all from the Park School; Kevin Wenger of Loyola School; and Scott Forster of Hereford Middle School.

The students competed against 63 other teams and were two of five groups at the regional event that advance to the national competition next month at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

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