(Reported provided by Bishop McNamara High School.)
The 1st Annual DMV Catholic Schools Cup Robotic Championship was held at Bishop McNamara on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Fr. Brady (92 years old) from St. John’s offered the opening prayer. Overall, 24 teams participated in the tournament: 8 teams from St. Peter’s, 7 from St. John’s, 3 from St. Mary’s Piscataway, 3 from All Saints Catholic School in Virginia, 2 from Holy Family, and 1 from St Mary’s of the Assumption. There were 48 rounds and each team participated in 4 qualification matches.
At the end of the 48 rounds, the following 10 teams qualified for the finals:
|Ranking||Team #||Team Name||Grade||School|
|1||10373A||The Fantastic 4||8||St. Peter’s School|
|2||63876A||Duro||8||All Saints Catholic School|
|3||82645A||The Shooting Stars||6||St. Mary’s Piscataway|
|4||82645B||St. Mary’s Roboteers||8||St. Mary’s Piscataway|
|5||11747A||Maleagent||7||Holy Family School|
|6||11601A||Greek Memes||8||St. Mary’s Assumption|
|7||95104B||Eagle Bot||8||All Saints Catholic School|
|8||10373B||Omegarares||8||St. Peter’s School|
|10||10373F||Storm Engineers||7||St. Peter’s School|
The format of the finals was that the team in position 10 went against 9, 8 against 7 and so forth. Teams 10373A and 63876A earned the highest number of points. These teams then went head to head.
Team 63876A was unique design, but it was not able to hang from the bonus bar like t0373A so everyone assumed that St. Peter’s and the Fantastic 4 would win the cup. 63876A went first and scored 6 points. Jackie & Amulya drove their robot in an apparent victory. However, when they reached up to hang from the bonus bar, the hook on their robot broke. Their score for this match was also 6. The team was given time to repair their robot and this time they were able to hang and scored 4 more points than the Duro Team from All Saints Catholic School.
Mr. Buckley presented the Cup to all of the St Peter’s students present at the tournament. Each of the team members was given a specially designed medal for their accomplishment. A great day was had by all!