Michael Atchison and Jeffrey “JC” Chenos recently brought three more robotics competition trophies back to Crossett Middle School.

Atchison and Chenos were the only two students from Charre Todd’s Crossett Middle School robotics team able to attend the middle school UALR Winter Tournament, but that didn’t stop them from winning big.

Todd said the pair won five games and lost one in the qualifying matches. The Crossett team ended the qualifying round ranked in the top two.

In the elimination round, the CMS Eagles partnered with a team from Bryant Middle School. Todd said the alliance breezed through the elimination bracket to become tournament champions, but the winning didn’t stop there.

In addition to the tournament matches, the CMS Eagles competed in the Skills Division, where they took first place with an overall score of 16. Todd said the skills score is a combination of both programming and driver skills.

Not only did the boys win the Skills Division of the tournament, but as of Saturday, were leading for the season.

Todd said the Middle School Division if VRC ranks the CMS Eagles number one for the season out of 36 teams in Arkansas, 186 out of 1231 teams in the USA and 277 out of 1481 teams in the World.

Additionally, Chenos and Atchison brought home trophies for the Robot Skills Champions and Team Excellence divisions.

“Crossett should be proud of these young men and the entire 8th grade Robotics team,” Todd said. “I know their coach is.”

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