LOUISVILLE, KY - The Millburn VEX Robotics team is returning home as world champs. At the final day of the VEX Robotics World Championships, held in Louisville, KY from April 24-27, Millburn High School Robotics emerged victorious in their competition.
Competing in the VEX Robotics Championship High School - Science Division, Millburn was able to overcome every other challenger in their bracket to win the division and advance. More than 20,000 teams from approximately 65 countries began the season, and less than 600 teams were able to qualify for the World Championships.
After advancing to the World Championship round-robin finals, Millburn (listed as team 7405P for entry records) and their alliance partner from China faced off against the research division champion alliance team, which was also from China.
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Millburn won the first and third matches for a cumulative 18-15 final score, and as the confetti rained down, they became the first team in New Jersey to ever win the VEX World Championship. Additionally, Millburn was also the first New Jersey team to ever win a division at Worlds.
For team co-coach David Farrell, winning was an incredible experience. Both Farrell and his coaching partner Hilton Seibert responded by email to TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills and talked about their experience during the win.
"It was an out of body moment," Farrell said. "The pure joy, jubilation and pride I feel for our team, our parents, our school and our community is beyond mere words. I thought that, for all time, we can say we were the best in the entire world."
Ferrell added, "Captain Bryan Levine was masterful in running his team, and it validates the process we started several years ago. Again, outside of [starting a] family, this was the greatest experience in my life and the best part is that it will last forever."
Seibert echoed Ferrell's words. Talking about the moment Millburn was announced as the winning team, he said, "When they showed the final score, the stadium erupted. It was one of the most exhilarating moments of my life. I will never forget that feeling."
"I am beyond proud of the team. It’s been an incredible season and an honor to be part of this monumental accomplishment. Go Millburn!," Seibert added.
Tracy Levine, a volunteer parent with the booster club, was one of the people behind the team's travel to Louisville. Responding to TAPinto, she said that everyone who watched was so proud of what the squad was able to accomplish.
"This team and entire Millburn High School Robotics Club are an absolute inspiration," Levine said. "They are proof that if you dream it, stay determined and focused, keep pushing forward - and overcoming obstacles - you can make it happen."
Millburn Student and VEX team captain Levine led the squad to victory. Other members of the team were Alexander McBride, Javier Coindreau, Zimri Leisher, Ethan Mak, Jack Mansfield, Grant Haas, Joshua Kirshenbaum, Bruce Zhang, Sarah Rose and Jaffer Ali.