CHATHAM, NJ - Schools closed just two days before Chatham High Robotics students would compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) New Jersey State Championships, but that didn't stop the Cougars from winning recognition during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Chatham's "//Cougars" received news that they won the runner-up "Promote Award" for the video it submitted for the competition, which was due the week before the state championships.

"School closed just two days before the event was supposed to take place, an event the team had spent six and a half months preparing for," Julie Ryan, Chatham High robotics coach, said. "Although it is incredibly disappointing that we may never know how well //Cougars stacked up next to some of the best robots in the state this year, the team did receive exciting news from the state organization. We did not expect to hear anything about the Promote Award considering the event was not taking place, but FTC NJ did not let the teams down. //Cougars were awarded first runner up for the Promote Award."

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Chatham students who created the recognized video are Maya Lee, Emily Lamb, Amber Reshamwalla, Tessa Mason, Joydeep Singh, Hailey Doyle, Andrew Spencer, Tim McEvoy, James Gilman, Matt Saluzzi, Christian Tartaglia, Ethan Schwinghammer, Sam Paone and Jackson DeVico.

The Promote Award is given to the team that is most successful in creating a compelling video message for the public designed to change our culture and celebrate science, technology, engineering, and math. The video is to act as a one minute long PSA and the theme this year was

“How has FIRST changed you?” Check our //Cougars video below! 

 

Left to right: Maya Lee, Emily Lamb (co-captain), Amber Reshamwalla, Tessa Mason, Joydeep Singh, Hailey Doyle, Andrew Spencer, Tim McEvoy (co-captain), James Gilman, Matt Saluzzi, Christian Tartaglia, Ethan Schwinghammer, Sam Paone not pictured: Jackson DeVico (co-captain)