Chatham High Robotics Teams Reach Regional Tournament Final; //Cougars Advance to State Finals with Inspire Award

CHS Robotic teams - Chatham Cougars and //Cougars - with robotics teacher Julianna Ryan display their hardware from FIRST Robotics regional held at CHS Sunday Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham High robotics teacher Julianna Ryan shows off awards won on Sunday by Chatham students at regional tournament Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham High junior Josh Smith, foreground, was a member of the Jersey STEM WeByte championship team Credits: TAP Chatham
//Cougars captain Anthony Tesoriero talks to team about scoring in semifinals that was corrected, putting Chatham in the FIRST Robotics final Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Cougars robotics team Carson Storm, Aliza Reshamalla and Chris Landolfi at FIRST Robotic competition on Sunday Credits: TAP Chatham
Anthony Tesoriero and the //Cougars team works on their robot before the finals of the FIRST Robotics competition at CHS on Sunday Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Cougars with their Design Award at Sunday's FIRST Robotics competition held at CHS Credits: TAP Chatham
//Cougars with their Innovate Award won at the FIRST Robotics regional held at CHS on Sunday Credits: TAP Chatham
Jersey STEM WeByte, one of the final winners, with a combined team from Millburn High and Chatham. Josh Smith, second from right, and Eward Lam, right, were team members Credits: TAP Chatham
Chris Landolfi poses with his trophies won at FIRST Robotics competition Sunday held at Chatham High Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham senior Chris Landolfi knew from past experience that even at a STEM event like a FIRST Robotics competition, it's a good idea to check the math.

Landolfi's quick calculation in his head, followed by his challenge of the final score turned defeat into victory in the semifinal round and put the Chatham Cougars and the //Cougars collaborative robotics teams into the championship round.

It all made for an interesting and satisfying day for the host Chatham High teams at the FIRST Robotics 27-team state regional tournament held Sunday in the Chatham High gym.

Sign Up for E-News

The Chatham Cougars and //Cougars lost in the final to the collaborative teams Critical Mass of Dwight-Englewood School and the Jersey STEM WeByte team, which included Chatham High students, Josh Smith and Edward Lam.

Winners Critcial Mass and WeByte will advance to the state finals in February, along with //Cougars, the runner-up for the Inspire Award.

The score announced in the semifinal round had knocked Chatham out of the competition, but Landolfi's quick calculations made for an exciting finish for the host team, allowing them to compete in the finals.

"I was doing it my head and it didn't add up," Landolfi said. "As soon as the match ended, I started counting it to see if I was right."

Chris Landolfi explains how his opponents were given points by mistake in the semifinal round that was reversed in favor of the Chatham Cougars 

"I am extremely happy with the outcome," Julianna Ryan, Chatham HIgh robotics teacher, said. "This is so early in the season, we're such a new program. Some of these teams have been competing for eight, nine years. So for my second-year team and my third-year team to be able to come out and compete against them is a testament to how great these kids are, how much work they put in on what they do.

"It's only the beginning of the fourth month of school and we've probably spent 150 hours outside of class working on these robots. They're so dedicated, it's a well-deserved final outcome of the day."

Anthony Tesoriero talks about Sunday's regional and the fact that //Cougars have advanced to the state finals in February

The Chatham Cougars and //Cougars compete in the deciding match of the finals on Sunday.


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events


Fri, April 27, 2:00 PM

Madison Area YMCA - Kroll Conference Room, Madison

Blood Drive

Giving Back Health & Wellness Other

Sun, May 20, 2:00 PM

Chatham Township Municipal Building, Chatham

A Tour of Chatham Township and Green Village

Arts & Entertainment

A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, April 9 – Sunday, April 15, 2018


The program will be held on Thursdays, May 3 through June 21 – 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Registration required

For anyone wanting to improve their English language skills, we are starting our first ever ESL program.  The program will be conducted by Language Education and Resource Network (LEARN) and volunteer tutors for 8 weeks.  Further sessions may be ...

Spending More Per Pupil Doesn’t Guarantee Additional or Enhanced Success

April 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

At the April 16th Board of Education meeting, Board member Sal Arnuk stated: “I am ashamed to see the district at the bottom of the list in per-pupil spending.”  On the contrary, Board member Arnuk should be exceedingly proud of how our Board of Education is able to consistently be ranked as the top school district in our state at the cost it currently spends per ...

Financial Planning for Recent College Graduates from Chatham Wealth Management

April 20, 2018


It’s that time of the year when many families are excitedly getting ready to attend their children’s college graduation. Where has the time gone? It feels like just yesterday that we were dropping them off for freshman year.

Well, time does pass quickly and now would be a really good time to give your graduating children some savings and investment advice. Below are a ...