Lockport High School robotics team honored by district
“This is quite an accomplishment,” said Superintendent Michelle Bradley. “It really puts the Lockport Central School District on the map.”
The Warlocks 1507 won the FIRST Finger Lakes Regional competition over the March 8 to March 10 weekend, taking home the gold medal and qualifying them to go to worlds. They competed against 41 schools from Canada, Ohio and New York state.
The team then went on to win in Cleveland, Ohio at the Buckeye Regional competition against 59 other teams. There are 3,500 teams worldwide, which Lockport is ranked 15th.
The team’s robot, Zeus, who has now been retired, was brought to the meeting, where board members got to see a small peak of what it could do.
The robot was designed to shoot basketballs into three different hoops, with the higher the basket the higher number of points.
“The excitement this program brings and the involvement,” said board president John Linderman. “It’s a terrific program. It keeps growing and growing.”
This was the seventh year for the team, with more than 40 students participating. The team’s sponsors include Delphi, GM Company Holding Components, JC Penney, Superior Design and Stevie V’s Pizza.
Senior Adam Stockton was also recognized for his creation of an app for the district’s iPads that allowed the team to track the performances of the other teams they competed against.
Adviser James Rogowski announced to the board that six of the seniors on the team have received scholarships.
LHS Principal Frank Movalli announced that students on the robotics team would also be honored with a letter for their letterman jacket. The letter will have a Warlocks 1507 emblem.