Robotics Advances to State

Winnsboro Memorial Middle School Robotics Team advanced to the Texas BEST Regional Robotics
Championship in Frisco this past weekend after competing at the Dallas BEST Competition. BEST stands for
“Boosting, Engineering, Science and Technology” through Robotics and is a National Robotics Competition for
Middle School and High School students. BEST hosts around 40 competitions throughout the United States,
advancing teams to each State’s Championship competition. In Texas, around 80 out of 350+ teams will advance to
compete in the BEST in Texas Championship Dec. 5th-7th! There were over 30 High Schools ranging from
1A-6A schools, Private Academies, and only 2 Middle Schools competing at Dallas BEST Saturday, Oct. 19th. Our
Middle School Team consisted of 11 8th graders, 5 7th graders, and 4 6th graders. The competition consists of:
Receiving materials at a Kickoff event, then having only 6 weeks to design and build a robot, submit an extensive
Engineering Notebook that is used as a record of the teams Engineering Process, prepare a full-scale Marketing
Presentation to present before a panel of Professional Engineers and Marketing Specialists, design and build an 8ft
x 8ft x 8ft demonstration and marketing display booth, show up with band instruments, cheerleaders, and costumes
for spirit points, and be able to talk to judges throughout the day explaining details about their robot and game
strategy. This team of 20 middle school students measured up against the competition and came home as one of the
8 advancing teams and 1 of the top 5 teams that presented all components of the competition. They are coached by
Stacy and Cindy Rogers and have several involved parents and team mentors. The Team would like to Thank:
Aaron Royal of Wood County Electric Cooperative, Marcus Bagwell of KETK news, Danny Beard and his team at
the Mt. Pleasant Fire Dept., their parents and mentors, WISD, Our Community, and Dallas BEST for their time and
investments leading to success with marketing, design, construction, travel and most of all support.

Students Involved: Zachary Carr, Riley Olsen, Tabitha Gattis, Beau Duffield, Caden Keef, Zane Burnett, Gage Fulmer, Brennen Stout, Travis Clark, Ethan Arrington, Joey Henry, Layton Keith, Chaleigh Jones, Deanna Szepesi, Isaac Munoz-Robidas, Luke Rogers, Ethan King, Trey Wetzel, Tristan Pinnell, & Jacob Spears.