The Crossett Middle School Engineering Eagles Robotics Teams qualified to represent Crossett at both state and nationals again this season.

The state VEX IQ competition will be in Russellville in March and VEX IQ Nationals will be in Council Bluff, Iowa in April.

Coach Melissa Martar said all three of her teams have qualified to participate in both competitions.

The teams have spent the season traveling across the state and hosted their first meet at CMS this season.

Martar said her students have worked hard and she is proud of all of her teams this season.

The students on the seventh grade team are Caleb Christy, Tressa Richards, Reece Poe and Blake Burford. They qualified for nationals in November during the first meet of the season. Throughout the season, the seventh graders won the Teamwork Champion Award twice, the Design Award twice, the Skills Champion Award and brought home the Excellence Award three different times.

The Design Award is awarded to recipients that demonstrate the ability to implement an effective and efficient robot design process. The Excellence Award is the highest award presented in the VEX IQ Challenge Program. Martar said the award is presented to a team that exemplifies overall excellence in building a high quality VEX IQ Robotics program.

Martar had two teams win the Excellence Award this year, the seventh grade team and the sixth grade team. Saylor Ross, Maggie Alford and Addison Hartley are all on the sixth grade team and this season they won the Judges Award, the Teamwork Champions Award and the Excellence Award.

The fifth grade team — with members Nadia Young, Ali Tumey, Mallory Walsh, Madeline Robinson — won the Teamwork Champion Award this season.

The teams are now raising money and seeking sponsors to help with travel costs to Vex IQ State and National competitions. Three teams qualifying means more money has to be raised in order to fund the trip.

“We are in need of more sponsors for nationals with three teams going,” Martar said.

Martar is currently selling sponsorships of $50 and up.

Anyone interested in supporting the Engineering Eagles may contact Crossett Middle School or melissa.martar@crossettschools.org.

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