East Troy Patronum Bots take top honors at state

The Flash

East Troy Patronum Bots Team #5972 finished ahead of the competition at the state FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament with third and seventh place honors.

East Troy’s team, sponsored by local business Allan Integrated Control Systems, competed against top robotics teams across the state at UW-Milwaukee Feb. 4.

The team includes Anina Kostenko (eighth grade), Parker Schroepfer (ninth grade), Ethan Fridley (eighth grade) and Lauren Hunter (11th grade), as well as coaches Shawn Hunter, Meg Hunter & mentor Dave Fridley.

The Not So Flash

At the State FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament, the Patronum Bots Team #5972 came in seventh out of 24 teams in the robotic competition, and third in the judged competition.

The Patronum Bots were also awarded a special judges award: the Rising Star Award. The award is given to recognize a team’s unique efforts, performance and dynamics.

Additionally, the team was nominated for third place for the following 4 out of 7 major awards given out by FIRST:

Motivate award – This judged award celebrates the team that exemplifies the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition through team building, team spirit and exhibited enthusiasm. This team embraces the culture of FIRST and clearly demonstrates what it means to be a team.

Connect Award – Connecting the dots between community, FIRST, and the diversity of the engineering world.  This judged award is given to the team that most connects with their local STEM community.

PTC Design Award – Industrial design at its best.  This judged award recognizes design elements of the robot that are both functional and aesthetic. All successful robots have innovative design aspects; however, the PTC Design Award is presented to teams that incorporate industrial design elements into their solution.

Inspire Award – This judged award is given to the team that truly embodied the “challenge” of the FIRST Tech Challenge program. The team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FIRST Tech Challenge team.

In addition to the team awards, Lauren Hunter was selected to be one of two Wisconsin finalists for the coveted FIRST Dean’s List.

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