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Local students take top prizes at tournament
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Local students take top prizes at tournament

Polk County, Florida -- Six 9th grade students will compete at the first Lego League North American Open Championship. 

The championship will take place in May at Legoland California. The students who make up the “Déjà Vu” team qualified for the national championship after winning the Director’s Award at the Florida FIRST LEGO League State Championship held earlier this month in Orlando. The award recognizes the Florida team that best models behavior that represents the goals, purpose and spirit of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization that promotes career fields based in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The students that make up the  “Déjà Vu” team are:

  • Brian Brown (Harrison School for the Arts)
  • Daniel Ciccia (Harrison School for the Arts)
  • Lauren Dye (Bartow High IB)
  • Abbie Lipe (Harrison School for the Arts)
  • Ryan Stubbs (Lakeland High)
  • JT Yoerger (Harrison School for the Arts) 

Five Eight- graders also competed at the First Lego League State Championship Tournament. The five students made up the “Like-a-Bot” team and won the Outstanding Overall Performance in Robot Design Award. This award recognizes the top team that in the process of building their robot, excels in mechanical design, programming, strategy and innovation. The five students of the "Like-a-Bot" team are: 

  • Brooke Broxterman (Rochelle School of the Arts)
  • Everett Fortier (Rochelle School of the Arts)
  • Matthew Shipps (Rochelle School of the Arts)
  • Makinsy Wendel (Rochelle School of the Arts)
  • Tiffany Whitsett (Rochelle School of the Arts)
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