RARITAN TWP., NJ - Hunterdon Central High School’s Robotics Team left the recent FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) with all smiles and two medals.

The weekend event began with practice and qualifying rounds all day Saturday March 30 into Sunday morning. The HCHS team joined forces with students from Montgomery High School and The Pingry School, taking wins in both the quarter and semi-finals.

After a hard-fought battle in the final round, the trio was thrilled to be recognized as silver medalists.

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The Hunterdon Central team later won gold medals and a blue banner as Chairman’s Award Winners.

In recognition for their efforts, the Chairman’s Award is presented to the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the vision, mission, values and goals of FIRST. Student members make a formal presentation to a panel of judges comprised of technical and business professionals highlighting how the team promotes FIRST in the school and community, and advocates for STEM education at the local and state level. The students also produce a three-minute video showcasing the team and their many outreach activities.

Additionally, the team was honored with the Industrial Safety Award Presented by UL. Team mentor Edward Jacobs was honored with the Donald Bowers Inspiration Award which recognizes individuals who instill the values of FIRST within their team and community.

The Hunterdon Central team is now competing at the FIRST Mid-Atlantic District Championships through tomorrow. That is held at Lehigh University and is open to the public.

For more information about Hunterdon Central’s Robotics Team, visit their website.