Wheeler HS Robotics Team Earns Honors at State Championship

The Wheeler High School robotics team, the CircuitRunners, is pictured at the Kennesaw State University competition.

Wheeler High School’s robotics team, the CircuitRunners, earned more accolades at the state competition.

The CircuitRunners won the Judge’s Spirit Award, and 11th grader Amanda Firestone was selected as a Dean’s List Finalist at the Georgia FIRST Robotics District State Championship held at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. April 13-15. According to an UGA article, approximately 1,200 students representing 45 teams competed at the state championship. Next Amanda will compete at the 2016 FIRST Championship April 27-30 in St. Louis, Mo.

The robotics team led by 11th grader Shashwat Kasturey won the Judges’ Award at the Kennesaw State University district event April 8-10. The award recognizes teams that show persistent improvement and strategic competence. The team also competed on the Quarterfinalist alliance, earning the highest score in the state, 170 points, which allowed them to be advance to the state championship at UGA.

Mr. Roy Al George was named as a posthumous finalist for the Woodie Flowers Award for the state of Georgia. Amanda Firestone, former GRITS lead and current co-president, was one of two Dean’s List Finalists chosen to move on to compete at the state level at UGA.

“This was a total team effort.  After a few technical issues in the first round, the students got to work and by the semifinals, Circuit Runners had the highest score of any alliance!  All the judges commented on how professional, impressive and helpful our team was.  In fact we won the Judges Award and Amanda Firestone won the Deans List Award!  It was indeed a great weekend for the Wheeler High School Circuit Runners,” said Eric Ritenour, Wheeler HS Physics Teacher & CircuitRunners Coach.