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Robotics team qualifies for state tournament

ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE: Robotics team members freshmen Alex Simerale and Nathan Galante, sophomore Andrew Chichernea, freshman Nicholas Ramsey, senior Allison Daher, and freshmen Alexandria Nevison and Madelyne Morris celebrate their victory at the First Tech Challenge Regional Qualifying Meet at Cuyahoga Community College on Saturday. The team's first-place finish qualified the Lions for the state tournament in March.

For the second consecutive year, NDCL's robotics team has qualified for the state robotics tournament after scoring a first-place finish at the First Tech Challenge (FTC) Regional Qualifying Meet last Saturday at Cuyahoga Community College.

The Lions also won the Ohio Team Spirit Award, which recognizes an individual team for professionalism, helpfulness, and cooperation with other teams during the competition.

NDCL will now compete at the FTC 2020 iSpace Ohio Championship Tournament at Loveland High School near Cincinnati on March 14.

Through the FIRST Tech Challenge program, students design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in head-to-head challenges in an alliance format. Guided by adult coaches and mentors from the professional community, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles while realizing the values of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.

Science teacher Mr. Zack Geizer '14 and academic coach Mr. Tony Hodun coach the Lions with assistance from mathematics and engineering teacher Mrs. Ashley Kelm, IT assistant Mr. Kyle Hoffmann '19, Mr. Jon Kelm, Mr. Richard Ruggeri, and Mr. Tony Champa.

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