The Junior Cougar Robotics Team is sweeping the nation! Well, it is safe to say, at least, that they are sweeping area tournaments and are on their way to national competition! Gross Catholic is training some “future Cougars” to excel in Robotics through the Junior Cougar Robotics Program, in which students from area grade schools regularly work with Gross Catholic teacher, Steve Hamersky, to apply their robotics skills and compete at various tournaments. Current students involved in the program come from Saint Bernadette and Saint Columbkille Elementary Schools.
The team has been extremely successful this year, recently sweeping the top awards at McMillan Middle School VEX Robotics tournament on Saturday, December 10, 2016, and winning the coveted Excellence Award.
The Excellence Award is the highest award presented in the VEX Robotics Competition. This award is presented to a team that exemplifies overall excellence in building a high quality VEX robotics program. The team also must perform well in presenting their robot to a panel of judges. This is the first time the team has won an Excellence Award.
Winning the tournament championship and Excellence Award qualifies the team for the Heartland Regional Nebraska and Iowa State Championship Tournament and the CREATE US Open Robotics Championship in March, 2017.
Pictured: Coach Tom Pelchat, Keegan Shanahan (St. Columbkille), Owen Clark, (St. Bernadette), Andrew Jesus (St. Bernadette), Emma McCoy (St. Bernadette), Caitlyn Talkington (St. Bernadette), Shawn Pelchat (St. Columbkille), Coach Steve Hamersky