Recently, Tampa Prep's robotics team members and their parents drove to Leesburg for an in-person VEX States Regional Championship. Because of COVID restrictions, some States competitions are not currently happening at all, so Robotics instructor and coach KK Quah was grateful to event sponsor Bart Nash for keeping this event alive, even during these tough times.
To keep event participants and spectators safe, the fields and most of the pit areas were set up in shaded pavilions and tents outside, and everyone was masked.
"The day was amazing on so many levels," Quah said.
- Team 727 Gold (Adam Thompson, Elise Bertolino, Alex Lacy, and Johann Vennink) and Team 727 Red (Abby Mansour, Ryan Kelly, Tim Calco, and Hailley Siswanto) qualified for VEX World events.
- The teams won a banner and three trophies (two for Tournament Finalists and one for Regional Robot Skills Champion). Team Gold’s Robot Skills combined driver and programming score was 212. This was a new high score for the team (their our previous high at 187, and the nearest opponent's high at 190). As a result they received a much-coveted banner, their second one, which will soon be displayed outside Quah's classroom in the Schlemmer Engineering and Robotics Center.
- The team can now boat that Tampa Prep has qualified for VEX Worlds three times: in 2013, 2014, and 2021.
After the 54 qualification matches, three of the top five teams were from Tampa Prep. Team 727 Gold was in third place, 727 Red in fourth place, and 727 Crimson in fifth place. If opponent teams had never heard of Tampa Prep, they certainly know the name very well now! Quah was very proud of Freshmen Team 727 Crimson (Maddie Mitchell, Kat Grubbs, Daniel Lopez, Aidan Larkin, Sharif Chaudry, Jack Rocker, Gentry Burns) which did very well in their very first VEX States Regional Tournament.