A raucous display of pom-poms and chants won Montclair Robotics the Team Spirit Award at the FIRST Mid-Atlantic District Championship, the school’s first honor in a regional robotics final since 2010. The plague and trophy capped a gripping three days of competition at the Bethlehem, PA event, where the uniform high quality of robots on the field produced a series of nail-biting matches. While the team came away with only two wins out of 12 matches, the losses were frequently by just a handful of points.
“The big picture is simple, we lost at a much higher level than we’ve even played at for a long time,” said team mentor Rich Kopelow, who has helped transform Montclair Robotics from also-rans to big-league competitors. “One of the best parts for me is seeing how much excitement there is for stepping up our game next year.”
The team spirit award also marked a transformation in the team’s commitment, fortified by teacher Angela Yanette and her cheerleading efforts.
Guess what? WE WON THE SPIRIT AWARD!!! As well as being the first award Montclair Robotics has won in a while, it was the most fun we’ve had all season! It’s a long way from not even siting together at other competitions, and it was such a good feeling to cheer for other teams! Good job to everyone at MAR champs 2017!!!