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MHS robotics team advances to super qualifier


Pictured is the Marshalltown High School robotics team at the Nevada meet on January 19. Pictured in front row from left, are Yan Qiu (coach/mentor) and Morgan Johnson
            Back Row, Dori Pinkerton (coach/teacher), Zach Geil, Jacob Swartz, Marek Jablonski, Jordan May, Lucas Wymore and Jesse Serrano (mentor).
Other team members not pictured: Alex Stansberry, Heather Junk, Andrew Kodis, Jose Palmerin Andrade, Ana Palmerin Andrade, Bill Peden (mentor), Susan Fritzell (coach/teacher) and Mike Lazere (coach)

The Marshalltown High School robotics team, also known as the Botcats, competed in the First Tech Challenge League tournament held on January 19 at Nevada High School.

The team advanced to the super qualifier (state qualifier) which will be held on Feb. 2 in Johnston. The MHS team won the Connect Award, which is given to the team that most connects with their local science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) community.

Students design and build a robot which performs tasks as part of these competitions. A total of 16 teams competed in Nevada with eight moving onto the super qualifier event.

MHS sophomores Marek Jablonski and Morgan Johnson were semifinalists for the FTC Dean’s List Award.