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The initial round of the FIRST Robotics competition in Springfield, MA, was a tough one for the Academy Robotics team. Jim Baker, science faculty member and Robotics coach, said, "Neither our robot nor our drivers were prepared to compete at an adequate enough level to provide any kind of pride or success. We were ranked 29 out of 33 teams." Given this disappointing first attempt, as well as the fact that the team is allowed very limited access to their robot outside the event, many would have given up. Instead, the team met frequently, strategized, and planned. Coach Baker said, "We knew we needed to make some changes if we wanted to do better."
Senior Cara Metivier traveled to the PBS television studio in Colchester this week to compete in the Poetry Out Loud finals. She was one of ten semi-finalists to be selected from across the state to compete in the final round.
The Academy theater team won the regional One Act Drama Festival competition, and will be one of ten teams moving on to the statewide final taking place at Castleton State College on March 27 and 28. In addition to winning the competition, Academy performers Jay Tilden '15, Sydney Benjamin '15, and Morgan Sulham '15 received awards for Excellence in Acting. Jeremy Baldauf '16 was also recognized for Lighting Design. The entire production received the award for Excellence in Acting Ensemble.
SJA junior and Advanced Creative Writing student Lillian Ilsley-Greene was accepted to the prestigious New England Young Writers' Conference taking place in May at Middlebury College's Breadloaf Campus. Students apply from across the United States to spend a long weekend working with accomplished writers alongside like-minded peers.
Senior Dominic Hahr won the State Wrestling Championship in the 145-pound weight class. According to Coach Verge, this is the "toughest Weight Class in the State." Dominic overcame an injury and competed in the meet, pinning the #1 seed in the semis, and then defeating the #3 seed in the final. Coach Verge was named Coach of the Year. Photo courtesy of Michael Beniash/Caledonian Record.