The SWCC Upward Bound Robotics team recently competed in two state championship competitions in March. On Saturday, March 3 they participated in the Virginia FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Championship in Richmond. The team had a successful day, making their way to the semi-finals round out of a field of 48 teams from several states across the region.
The following Saturday the team competed in the West Virginia FTC Championship, where they matched up against teams from West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
After a day of intense matches, the team from SWCC came out on top as the winner and a member of the Championship Alliance.
Pictured are: bottom row: team seniors Jackson Kassay and Michael Fields, Brittany Fields in the middle, back row Christopher Johnson, Brandon Honaker (coach) and David Godbey.
Brandon Honaker, Upward Bound instructor and coach, led the robotics team in
these FTC competitions. Keisha Casey, Upward Bound teaching assistant and UB
alumnus, and Ben Lutz, an aerospace engineer, assisted with the team.
The SWCC Upward Bound program assists high school students who meet federal guidelines to graduate from high school and obtain a college degree. April Quesenberry is the director of the program. For more information, you may contact the program at (276) 964-7247.