FRC 1629, GaCo, Accepts Invitation to World Championship in St. Louis

Last Updated on Apr 27, 2016 at 7:59am |

Garrett County Public High School’s FIRST Robotics Team 1629, GaCo, successfully competed in the Chesapeake District Championship last weekend, April 7-9, and was selected as one of two teams to receive the Championship’s “Engineering Inspiration” (EI) Award among the 58 teams competing from Virginia, DC and Maryland. As a result of being a EI Award recipient the team accepted an invitation to compete at the FIRST Championship in St Louis, April 27-30. According to FIRST, the EI award “Celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community.”
 
In regard to their robot’s performance, at the conclusion of twelve qualification matches GaCo was selected by the eighth seeded team as its first round pick in which to compete with in playoff matches. GaCo’s alliance won their first match against the 1st ranked alliance, but lost their second and third matches and eliminated in quarter final double elimination playoffs. At the conclusion of the District Championship GaCo was ranked 12th in their district of 130 teams from Maryland, DC and Virginia. Their high ranking also would have earned the team an invitation to compete at the World Championship as well.

In addition to a large delegation of parents who came to support the team were Ms. Barbara Baker, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Mr. Gary Reichenbecher, Northern Garrett High School Principal and his wife Marla as well as Northern Garrett High School’s assistant Principal Mr. Matthew Eggleston. The team wishes to thank all who have made their season a success (so far) especially its partners, sponsors, mentors, parents and students.