MILLBURN, NJ - The good times just keep rolling for the Millburn High School VEX Robotics team.
Fresh off their celebratory presentation at the Millburn Board of Education, and their trip to the Short Hills Association annual meeting, the group was present at the township committee meeting to receive a proclamation from the committee.
The proclamation, read into the record by Mayor Diane Eglow noted that the team pulled off several major upsets en route to becoming the first ever team from New Jersey to claim a world crown.
For their triumph, all the members of the team were presented with ceremonial key to the city pins by the township committee. Several members of the team also took to the floor to explain what VEX robotics is, and how they accomplished their feat. While they spoke, photos of their tournament were also projected on the TV link in the room.
After the meeting, team co-captains Bryan Levine and Jack Mansfield both spoke with TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills.
For Levine, who has been to all the events thus far, the feeling of being a world champion is finally starting to come into place for him and other members of the team.
"I think after a while it's starting to hit me," Levine said. "The main day where I finally realized it was when a got an email from one of my elementary school teachers, and that was really a good time when I saw that. it made me really happy."
And for Mansfield, reflecting back on what the team has done, he said he could not be any more proud of the group's accomplishments.
"I"m incredibly proud of this team Mansfield said," "I've been doing this for three years, and I've never seen a better group of kids. We all work really well together."
"We all work really hard. I've never seen a more dedicated group of individuals," Mansfield added.
On the parental side, VEX Booster Club Co-Chair Vera Mak had nothing but praise for the members of the team.
I've been in the booster club for two years," Mak said. "And I really see these kids mature, and then they really grow up and have the dedication to work on something that they are so passionate about. So I'm very excited for them."