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RoboCavs Batting a Thousand
Posted 01/24/2017 04:37PM

Harvey's robotics team members, who call themselves the RoboCavs, came away as tournament champions at their first two competitions in December and at two more in January, including the latest, a first-place finish Jan. 21 at the VEX Robotics Starstruck Qualifier Competition at Adelphi University. Harvey teams have also won awards in design and innovation.

In Harvey’s most recent competition last weekend at Adelphi University, team 6277C, led by junior Sam Chumsky, partnered with the number-one ranked team, Jericho, and went on to win the tournament championship.  Sam, whose teammate Ryan Park could not attend the event, saw his robot earn the tournament’s only "high hang," a maneuver worth a 12- point bonus at the end of the match. The alliance of juniors Matt Drude and Noah Bailey and seniors Josh Bloom and Mike Ecker finished second.

Harvey’s RoboCavs were competing against students from the large public schools, such as Massapequa High School, Jericho High School and Farmingdale High School. Harvey and Masters of Dobbs Ferry were the only private schools represented.

When the RoboCavs’ team 6277A of seniors Jarrod Waner, Ryan Hurst and Janice Cai won the robotics tournament Jan. 8 at Massapequa, it made it back-to-back victories as the unit had finished first at the SUNY Sullivan tournament in December.

The RoboCavs’ teachers/coaches John Wahlers and Chris Kelly are happy with the team’s success. “John and I are lucky to be working with a great group of motivated kids,” Mr. Kelly said.

The Middle School robotics team was also in action Jan. 21 at the Second Annual New York City VEX IQ Challenge, at the Hewitt School in Manhattan. For the members of the Middle School team, coached by Sam Shursky and David Ketner, it was their first taste of competition. The team finished in 6th place overall.


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