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SPARKS 4-H Members Headed to VEX World Championship

On Saturday, February 25th, the elementary and middle school Super Sonic Sparks robotics teams competed at the 2017 Maryland Vex IQ State Championships against 41 of the other best teams from schools and clubs from around the state. Our middle school boys team of Declan Coffey, Joey Chastain, and Seth Krispin were crowned the tournament's teamwork champions, with the elementary boys team of Brendan Lowe, Evan Phillips, and Ezra Krispin taking home 2nd. All three teams placed in the top 5 in the programming and driver skills challenge, with the middle school girls team of Caelyn Ruiz, Kaitlyn Garrett, and Bryn Kerney bringing home 4th place overall.

All three teams earned invitations to the Vex IQ World Championship to be held in late April in Louisville, KY. Congrats to all!

Saturday, March 4th saw 60 teams from schools and clubs from around Maryland assemble at Dundalk High School for the 2017 Vex VRC High School State Robotics Championship. The Super Sonic Sparks sent two teams to the competition, and when the dust settled Team 24B led by Kayley Kiesel had earned an invitation to the World Championships in Louisville, KY in late April. She earned the invitation by placing high in the rankings for the skills and programming challenge.

Team 24A, with members Riley and Liam Bates, Calyx Ruiz, and led by Sam Krispin, showed great poise and determination as they faced the toughest match ups of any team in the tournament. In the end, though, their best effort wasn't enough to earn one of only 15 available invitations to the World Championship.

Congrats to both teams for a successful season, and best of luck to Kayley at Worlds!

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