The WMS teams beat out large high school teams that sent large contingencies, several teams sponsored by Northeastern University, and other prep school programs. For a list of the participating teams, click here. The results of the rounds of competition can be found here.
Whit Ford (Parent to Ben Ford ’15) reported, “WMS teams had a great day, with the “A” team winning eight times and tying once in the preliminary rounds, and the “B” team winning eight times and losing once in the preliminary rounds. Neither team lost a single competition in the elimination rounds until the finals, when the A and B team alliances met each other as opponents… and the A team alliance won.”
During the heated competition, the judges were taking note of the teams’ success. They were impressed by their performance, and they inquired about the robotics program at WMS. Organizers were surprised to learn that the program is still in its infancy, at just a year and half old. They asked questions about how involved parents are (not at all), how large the school is (125– yes, the whole school), the size of the teams (6 students on each), and where the rest of the team members were (off on Thanksgiving break).
What did the WMS parents in attendance attribute the teams’ success to? They told the judges that it probably has to do with the fact that they have more time to focus intensely on interests in a boarding school environment, that they have a supportive peer atmosphere (no matter what grade team members are in), and that some members had accumulated VEX experience over the past several years.
In addition to the first and second place honors, the judges ended up awarding the “Judges’ Award” to the “A” team, and the “Excellence Award” to the “B” team.
Congratulations to both teams on an outstanding performance this weekend!