SPARTA, N J – The Sparta High School robotics program had four teams that competed this season.  Three of the teams earned a spot in the state competition at Cherry Hill High School but that would be as far as they went this year.  They faced off against 45 of the top New Jersey teams competing head to head as well as in programing and driver skill challenges.

“We had a competitive day with many ups and downs but not really showing well in the rankings with 16th place being the highest rank achieved,” said team advisor Mark Meola.

The team of Brendan Brusberg, Ben Giugliano, Alex Poret and John Tartataglia knows as 5249C, won two special awards this season. 

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The Excellence Award was earned at the Sparta High School North Jersey VEX Regional Robotics Competition.  They were awarded points toward the Excellence Award in three categories:

  • Tournament Qualification Round Ranking
  • Programming Skills Challenge Ranking – Robot Skills Challenge Ranking
  • Judged Performance in all other award categories. 

Using this wide range of criteria, the Excellence Award is given to the team who excels in all areas of VEX Robotics. 

“This is the highest award presented in the VEX Robotics Competition,” according to team advisor Mark Meola. 

According to VEX officials, “the recipient of this award is a team that exemplifies overall excellence in building a well-rounded VEX Robotics program.  This team excels in many areas and is a shining example of dedication, devotion, hard work and team work. A strong contender in numerous award categories, this team deserves to be recognized for their accomplishments building a robot and in building a team committed to quality in everything they do. “

While the teams did not move out of the States competition one tam did earn the Build Award.  This award is given to a team that has built a well-crafted and constructed robot that also shows a clear dedication to safety and attention to detail, according to the VEX organizers.  Further, the judges were looking for a professional quality look and feel, with attention to detail in construction, efficient use of mechanical and electronic components and reliability on the competition field.

While the neither of the two teams were able to progress to World competition this year, they are proud of their season and look forward to the next challenge.