The Crossett Middle School Robotics teams had their second tournament of the season last weekend. They traveled to McGehee and brought home multiple awards.

“Our teams showed out,” Coach Melissa Marter said. “I am so proud of all three of my teams.”

Martar said the sixth grade team won the Judges Award for their engineering notebook and their overall team performance and attitude. The seventh and eighth grade team was named Teamwork Champions with a score of 25 in the finals.

They also scored the two highest scores of the day. In addition, the seventh and eighth graders won the Design Award for the second time this year.

The fifth graders didn’t bring home any awards, but their coach said she hopes they will win a competition or an award soon.

“While our fifth grade team didn’t bring home a trophy, I am just as proud of them because they are a new team and they are constantly learning and improving,” Martar said.

“I have no doubt that I will be posting their awards before the season is over.”

The teams will compete Jan. 16 in Hope and Jan. 19 in Jonesboro. Martar said there will be a home meet in Crossett In early February.

The seventh and eighth grade CMS Robotic Eagles, which are under Charre Todd’s coaching leadership, were named Tournament Champions and won the Excellence Award at the VEX Delta VRC Showdown last Saturday in McGehee.

The CMS Robotics team competed against teams from Monticello, Sherwood, Sheridan, Star City, McGehee and Norphlet.

During the event, the CMS Eagles partnered with the team from Sylvan Hills High School in the Elimination Rounds to win the tournament. Todd said there were 15 teams from various High Schools and Middle Schools from around the state.

The CMS Eagles ranked third out of 15 after the qualifying rounds, and Todd’s team is now qualified for the State Competition in March.

The VRC Website says that the Excellence Award is given to teams that interview well, have a good engineering notebook, perform well in matches, help other teams, have an interesting design and impress the judges overall.

The team also qualified to compete in the CREATE US Open Invitational Robotics Tournament in Iowa in the spring.

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