Robotics Team Thanks Community for Support

Robotics Team members, L-R - Bradly Braithwaite, Kent McClenahan, Noah Dashner, Dylan Kitselman, Joshua Boyles, Meredith Levy, Ben Williams, Andrew Walraven, Michael Dowling, Emily Snyder

One month ago the Clarke County High School FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Team 2988 RoboGenesis traveled to Richmond to compete against sixty other teams in the annual robotics competition. Each year teams design and build a robot that can complete a predetermined task and then compete against other teams. This year’s challenge was

The Coopertition™ Award.

called the “Rebound Rumble” and required teams to build a robot that could pick-up basketballs in the arena and shoot them through hoops. The Clarke County Team performed admirably in the main competition, but it was a secondary aspect of the event where the team was really able to shine. One of FIRST’s founding concepts is working together to achieve common goals. To promote this concept in the competition a secondary task is added that requires teams to work with their opponents. Clarke County’s team demonstrated extraordinary ability in this area of the and was awarded The Coopertition™ Award.

On behalf of the entire team, mentor Ed Novak thanked sponsors and supporters for their role in the effort:

CCHS FIRST® Team 2988, RoboGenesis, would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped us throughout the 2012 FIRST Robotics Challenge “ Rebound Rumble.” We would like to thank EIT LLC, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Shenandoah Control Systems, and JCPenney for their sponsorship.

We also want to thank Mike Hobert, Mr. & Mrs. Michael Dashner, Mr. & Mrs. Gary VanMeter, Mr. & Mrs. Ben Ghaffari, Carter Properties, Bank of Clarke County, Berryville American Legion Post 41, Carrie Bragg, Winchester Metals, Holy Cross Monastery and Solenberger Hardware for financial donations.

Thanks also go to Sam Meyers, Clyff Cantrell, Bryan Graham, and Scott Hall for their time and work on our robot. And thanks to all of the parents and other members of the community for coming to Richmond for the competition and your moral support. We could not have participated without your help.


  1. Roscoe Evans says:

    Students like these make the future look a little bit better. Congratulations to them all, for their efforts and for their successes; and to Ed Novak, a great and under-recognized teacher.