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Robotics teams succeed at state championship

3 Cy Ridge robotics students with their robot
The Cypress Ridge High School robotics team No. 16329C, Springles, placed 10th at the VEX Robotics UIL Texas State Championship, held Feb. 7 at the Learner Support Center in Clear Creek ISD. Team members, from left, are Jimmy Montealvo, Thomas Elliot and Hongji Shi.  

Feb. 12, 2024—Robotics teams from four CFISD high schools competed in the VEX Robotics UIL Texas State Championship, held Feb. 7 at the Learner Support Center in Clear Creek ISD, placing among the top 25.

The “Over Under” style competition is played on a 12-by-12 square-foot field with two alliances—one red and one blue—composed of two teams each, competing in matches consisting of a 15-second autonomous period followed by a 1:45 driver-controlled period. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing alliance by Scoring triballs in goals and by elevating at the end of the match.

Team 16329C, “Springles,” from Cypress Ridge High School placed 10th with a record of 4-3-0. Team members are Jimmy Montealvo, Thomas Elliot and Hongji Shi. The team adviser is Jessie Vo. Cypress Ridge’s other competing team, 16329A, “Fire,” placed 20th with a record of 4-3-0. Team members are Jonathan Arnold, Nicholas Vidal and Abdelrahman Elsafdi.

4 Bridgeland robotics students with an award
Bridgeland High School robotics team No. 77786B, nOSHA, placed 14th at the VEX Robotics UIL Texas State Championship. Team members, from left, are Thad Rauch, Joshua Holmes, Robert Mock and Stephen (Wyatt) Conger. Not pictured is Donovan Bechi.  

Team 7786B, “nOHSA,” from Bridgeland High School placed 14th with a record of 5-2-0. Team members are Thad Rauch, Joshua Holmes, Robert Mock, Stephen (Wyatt) Conger and Donovan Bechi. The team adviser is Devin Murphy. Bridgeland’s other competing team, 7786D, “D-rivative,” placed 29th with a record of 2-5-0.

5 Cy-Fair robotics students holding their robot
Cy-Fair High School robotics team No. 78705A, BFND, placed 21st at the VEX Robotics UIL Texas State Championship. Team members, from left, are Sean Partridge, Griffin Colburn, Sebastian Cuevas, Khalil Hayden and Emma Vick.  

Team 78705A, “BFND,” from Cy-Fair High School placed 21st with a record of 4-3-0. Team members are Khalil Hayden, Griffin Colburn, Emma VickSebastian Cuevas and Sean Partridge. The team adviser is Sean Finn.

3 Cy Ridge students with their robot
Cypress Springs High School robotics team No. 1412J, Red Chair Robotics, placed 25th at the VEX Robotics UIL Texas State Championship. Team members, from left, are Fatima Meeks, Blake Berg and Landon Chau. 

Team 1412J, “Red Chair Robotics,” from Cypress Springs High School placed 25th with a record of 2-5-0. Team members are Fatima Meeks, Blake Berg and Landon Chau. The adviser is Glenn Winstryg.

Additionally, 42 robotics teams from 10 CFISD high schools competed in the CFISD High School Invitational, held Feb. 8 at the Berry Center.

4 Bridgeland robotics students with their robot
Bridgeland robotics team No. 7786D, D-rivative, placed 29th at the VEX Robotics UIL Texas State Championship. Team members, from left, are Noah Patel, Dillon Horstman, Orion Horstman and Finley Krug. 

Cypress Ridge team No. 16329C, Springles, was a semifinalist, along with Langham Creek High School teams LC PowerPack (83280D), CHA0S (83280X) and LC Rampage (83280W).

3 Cy Ridge HS robotics students with their robot
Cypress Ridge robotics team No. 16329A, Fire, placed 20th at the VEX Robotics UIL Texas State Championship. Team members, from left, are Jonathan Arnold, Nicholas Vidal and Abdelrahman Elsafdi. 

Cypress Park High School team No. 33538B, Crimesom Rosie, was a finalist, along with Cypress Ridge team No. 16329E, Ember.

The following teams earned awards:

  • Springles, Cypress Ridge (16329C) – Excellence Award and Robot Skills Champion;
  • BFND, Cy-Fair (78705A) – Tournament Champions;
  • nOSHA, Bridgeland (77786B) – Tournament Champions;
  • BFND, Cy-Fair (78705A) – Design Award; and
  • Pink, Cypress Ridge (16329V) – Judges Award.