Rebellion Advances To World Championship

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Exuberant South High Robotics Team members at the regional competition
Exuberant South High Robotics Team members at the regional competition

Great Neck South High School’s Robotics Team 2638, known as Rebellion, won the Chairman’s Award at the recent Finger Lakes Regional competition in Rochester.

The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics, and honors the team that best represents a model for other groups to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. Winning this award gives Rebellion an automatic invitation to attend the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis from April 27 to April 30.

The team also received a Hard Hat Safety Award based on its Community Outreach, Safety Initiatives at the event and Program Presentations.

At the two-day event, Rebellion battled against 48 other teams from around the Northeast in more than 14 matches and, after the qualifying round, was ranked seventh overall in the competition—the highest the team has ever achieved in any competition.

Members of Team Rebellion make adjustments to their robot.
Members of Team Rebellion make adjustments to their robot.

More than 100 South High students from grades 9 through 12 are members of the school’s Robotics Club. Participants in Rochester included Sarina Chan, Hannah Chang, Steven Chasen, Kevin Chen, Maxwell Cohn, Sara DeCarle, Arman Farshadmand, Vanessa Fazzini, Kelly Foo, Max Gal, Ryan George, Joshua Go, Samuel Go, Clara Goldberger, Jennifer Guo, Noah Kniesly, Benjamin Kobliner, Jenna Kolodny, Rachel Koo, Adam Krieger, Jordan Lempert, Iris Lin, Michael Lu, Fion Ma, William Miecuna, Allyson Mittler (team copresident), Morgan Mittler, Wendy Mo, Rachel Moss, Ryan Motchkavitz, Jonathan Neves, Benjamin Newman, Jonathan Perlman (team copresident), Adam Pramberger, Joshua Putter, Haley Raphael, Saad Satter, Mansi Shah, Joon Shin, Parker Spector-Salwen, Avery Strongin, Carmen Tong, Tyler Warren, Everett White, Gabriella Wong, Siyeon (Stella) Yu and Erick Zizic.

Robotics faculty advisors are John Motchkavitz, business/technology department head, and Matthew Corrigan, business/technology teacher.

—Submitted by Great Neck Public Schools

To read about the world championship, click here.

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