For the first time since March of 2020, Wisconsin FIRST Robotics Competition robots were able to get wheels on carpet for a real, live competition with 12 teams at the Lakeshore Robotics Education Center in Manitowoc on Saturday, June 19. Ferradermis made a strong 6-0 start on the day behind drivers Elijah Grall and Reilly Aschenbrener, before a mechanical problem forced them to miss a match, and they ended the qualifications part of the day at 6-2. This left Ferradermis ranked #3. After #1 Paradigm Shift selected #2 TC Robotics as their first alliance partner for the elimination rounds, Ferradermis moved up to become the #2 Alliance Captain. Competition Logistics/Scouting Lead Shane Kinson represented the team on the field for alliance selections and invited Team 8002 The Knack from Lake Country School and Team 5903 Thorbots from Westby High School to join our alliance. Ferradermis’ alliance advanced through the best of 3 semi-finals in 2 matches, and then, in a wild best of three finals, the Ferradermis led alliance topped the alliance led by Team 1259 Paradigm Shift from Pewaukee High School by finishing the tie-breaker match with a triple climb. Throughout the day, the robot was supported by Technician Lauren Rollette, Head Programmer Jazmin Cederberg, Pit Captain Andrew Rollette, Human Player Anderson Waelchli, and Scouts Brandon Mueller and Sterling Truesdale. For four of these students, this was their first opportunity to attend a live event. The Lakeshore Robotics Center will host 3 additional days of competition this month, with the winning alliance and captain of the second place alliance from each day returning with Ferradermis to compete for the Unofficial Wisconsin Championship on July 10. The multi-day system with a cap on the number of participants from each team and no more than 14 teams per day was created to give all Wisconsin teams a chance to compete in-person while still adhering to COVID protocols. There are no spectators allowed in Manitowoc, but if you would like to take in a local competition in person, Ferradermis will be competing at the Laser Lights off-season event at Kettle Moraine High School on Saturday, July 24. Students interested in joining the team may travel with the team to this event if they complete a permission slip in advance. Ferradermis will host a week-long boot camp beginning on July 31 for any students entering grades 9-12 who are interested in joining the team. Students of all skill levels are welcome; students will learn everything they need to know as they work with the team. For more information, or if you would like to register, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Whippet Track and Field Team hosted a WIAA Division II Sectional on Thursday night, June 17, advancing two relays and two individuals to the WIAA State Meet in LaCrosse. Heading to LaCrosse for the girls are the 4x100 and 4x200 M Relays. Kacie Carollo, Amanda Tovar, Madelynn Buehler, and Kindyl Kilar finished second in the 4x100 and third in the 4x200 to advance into the state competition. Alternates for the relays are Olive Coburn and Emma Weigel. Trenten Zahn raced his way to a victory with a thrilling finish in the 800 M Run. Sprinting down the final straightaway, Zahn caught Jefferson's Sawyer Thorpe at the line and pulled out the win by 1/100th of a second. Avery Caputo earned his way to State in the 100 and 400 Meter Wheelchair races. The Whippets battled all night long with many having their best performances of the season. The Whippet Coaching staff is proud of all of the student athletes and the effort they put forth this year. We are particularly thankful, indebted, and proud of the leadership provided by our seniors who have had to navigate through a difficult year. In a word, they were outstanding and will be missed. We would also like to thank everyone who helped us put on the WIAA Sectional Track and Field Meet, in particular Meet Manager Chad Carstens, AD Justin Crandall, Shannon Cushman, Ronnie Kelly and his grounds crew, along with all of our meet workers who helped us once again put on a successful meet. Link to Meet Results:
Students in Mr. Greg Stewart's AP Human Geography class were given a task for their final activity of the year. Their simulated firm has been hired to find a location for the Whitewater Grocery Co. They were to present the best location for a site using Central Place Theory. Each firm (group) presented to Grocery Co Board members Brienne Dieboldt Brown, Lacey Reichwald, Ron Binning, and Sarah Hoots.
The Whippet Baseball Team picked up another win against Clinton on Thursday, June 3, by a score of 7-4. The game was close the whole way, but the team put up two insurance runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to take a 7-3 lead. The Cougars scored one run in the 7th inning before Mason DePorter ended the game by throwing out a runner trying to steal second. Marc Jones was the starting pitcher, and Jacob Heritage came in the record the last two outs. The team is playing their best baseball at the right time of year. The Whippets will be back in action on Friday, June 4, when they host Edgerton at 4:45. File photo courtesy of Bob and Peter Mischka.
English 12 students in Mrs. Elizabeth Miller and Mrs. Camden Harlan's classes read the children's books they wrote and illustrated to elementary students at Lincoln on Monday, May 24.