Robotics teams practice skills during scrimmage


The Robotics Teams at North Central Parke Schools held a scrimmage recently to showcase their robots and to practice their robotic skills.

Team members from Parke Heritage Middle School, Rockville Elementary and Turkey Run Elementary faced off against each other.

During the scrimmage, the squads moved their robots along a field to move and stack towers in an attempt to score points. The VEX IQ Challenge Rise Above is played on a 6 ft. x 8 ft. rectangular field. Two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge for 60-second long teamwork matches. Each match consists of two partners working together to complete the challenge. Each partner must have a turn at moving the
robot about the field. First place winners at the scrimmage were Wyatt Shirley, Lucas Hutchens, Keegan Myers, Ashlyn Gillogly, Laney Crowder, Tori Harmon and Ella Vandivier. Earning second place were Alli Busenbark, Cian Todd, Lucas Busenbark, Jacob Stevens, Crafton Malicoat, Mason Larson, Bo Thompson, Tim Razaitis, Wesley Pratt, Stephen Jessee, Max Swaim, Dylan Jackson and Seth Adams.

Turkey Run Elementary has three teams that have competed. Team members are Ella Vandivier, Laney Crowder, Ashlyn Gillogly, Tori Harmon, Alex Wallace, Kaiden Allen, Carleigh Craycraft, Lilah Brown, Madi Schaefer, Eli Thompson, Bryleigh Lamb, Madison Reath, Adam Irelan, Owen Osterhoudt and Anna Tidwell. They are coached by Alicia Mathis.

Team members for the three Rockville Elementary teams are Stephen Jessee, Alli Busenbark, Jacob Stevens, Tim Razaitis, Bo Thompson, Crafton Malicoat, Cian Todd, Lucas Busenbark, Max Swaim, Seth Adams, Wesley Pratt, Mason Larson, Dylan Jackson, Myeleigh Herron, Haileigh Antrim, Braelyn Reifel, Cambree Mullis, Ava Berry and Addie Coffman. The team is coached by Beth Faust.

Representing Parke Heritage Middle School are team members Lucas Hutchens, Wyatt Shirley and Keegan Myers. Their coach is Ashley McAmis.

Each team has assembled their own robots for their use. The team members must design, maintain and compete with their own robot.


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