Jay County came away with 5 of the 6 trophies and winning 4 more State spots. VEX has awarded 7 spots to the VEX State Championship and Jay County owns all seven of the VEX State robotics spots, split with three of their teams.
1193C came in second in the Qualifying round and headed the winning Alliance to win the Championship. They selected 1184A, who came in 3rd place, the Middle School Team made of students from East Jay and West Jay. Then with their 3rd selection they picked up 1193A last week’s Alliance Captains. The combined Jay County Team went through the championship round without a loss!
1193C team is made up with Seniors Evan Thomas, Tyler Munday and Nathanael Miller. Along with Junior Tristen Willis. 1193C dominated the day with their autonomous as well as being the only team that could build the complete “Sky-Rise” section.
1184A made up of two East Jay 6th grade students; Leah Hummel and Trevor Alicea, they picked up West Jay 7th grader Cody Knisely who helped solidify the team. They came up with the Design Award, Excellence Award, and where on the winning alliance with the other two Jay County Teams. They also place 3rd in the qualifying rounds. 1184A has been the only middle school team at the 1st two VEX events. The Excellence award is the highest award given at a VEX event. It has everything to do with how they did in the “Skills” events, scoring a 2nd in Programming and 10th in the Driving skills. With a good placing in their interview about their engineering notebook competing against all High Schools teams. By combining all of their scores they out placed all of the High School teams at this Event. With them wining the Excellence award at this level they are able to compete in this category at Worlds against Middle Schoolers, if they can make it out of the State Tournament in March.
1193A did the same thing last week walking away with all three of the same awards that 1184A did this week. Being picked as the third team in an all Jay County alliance in the championship. 1193A is made up of Brain DeRome, Seth Trissel, Tiffany, Robinette, Adrian Hudson, and Jade Zorn.
Jay County has two more high school teams and two more middle school teams to get qualified for the State Tournament. Both of the high school teams were selected in Championship round. This weekend they will go to Crown Point to compete. Then on November 15th we are hoping to have a big event at Jay County. With another VEX event held the same week in Indianapolis for Indianapolis schools only.
Jay County Robotics has decided not to compete in FIRST robotics this year. With teams already in the VEX State Tournament we will need to explore additional fundraising opportunities in the community. If you would like to schedule a demonstration or an opportunity to hear from the team about Jay County Robotics to your group or organization, please contact Doug Tipton at Jay County High School to get on their calendar this school year. You can also call him after school on his cell phone (260) 726-5096. Please note that Jay Schools are in a transition period on changing servers for their email accounts, if you have emailed Jay County Robotics and have not gotten a response, please call or try again!
As you can tell from the picture below, of all of the Jay County Robotics students that went last weekend, we have the largest number of female students that participate in robotics in the State of Indiana. We are right at 33% female students. We have had some good role models in the past. We have had a good participation of students that will continue in 4-year degree programs, tech schools, 2-year degree programs, military service, and/or going straight to the work force. For more information contact Jay County Robotics. Please call us with your ideas and your help.