West Babylon High School Robotics Competition Season a Success

West Babylon High School’s robotics club competition teams ended a successful season and are now preparing for next year’s competitions. The 2013-14 season concluded with a first-place alliance for the gold competition team during the FTC Long Island Qualifying Tournament, which qualified them for the NYC/Long Island Regional Championship competition at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.

In March, the club’s gold and blue teams participated in the FIRST Tech Challenge at Syosset High School, a new experience for the club members. The teams designed, programmed and built two different robots and competed against 22 teams from across Long Island. As a result of their hard work and dedication, both of the robots performed well, with the gold team’s robot ranking in the top five, and the blue team’s robot ranked in the top 10. Even with a number of mechanical issues, the students were able to fix problems and continue in the competition.

Adviser Gerard DeSimone said the best part of the day was being asked to compete in an alliance, where the top teams request a playoff grouping against each other. “It’s a real honor to be asked to be part of an alliance,” Mr. DeSimone said. “The fact that both of our teams were picked by different alliances is truly an accomplishment for our club.”

The gold competition team includes: Luke Bianco, Ronald Bolosan, Michelle Diep (captain), Seamus Earekson, John Kryjak, Ryan Meurlin, Anthony Mistretta, Javier Reyes, Michael Valenti and Troy Womble.

The blue competition team includes: Matthew Hellriegel, Justin Hyner, Andrew Karatnytsky, Anthony Lanfranchi (captain), Isaak Morales and Johnny Starzee.

Dominick Sora and Keiran Yee are part of the programming team.