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Sylvania Engineering Club, Syborgs, finishes 3rd in competition


Sylvania Schools students participated in the BEST Robotics competition at Bowling Green State University.

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The Sylvania Engineering Club, the Syborgs, finished third best in the BEST Robotics event last weekend at Bowling Green State University.

The team made it to the semi-finals of the robotics competition and placing 5th in robot operation challenge. The overall competition consists of the robotics operation challenge, engineering notebook, marketing presentation, booth, and spirit.

The Syborgs has students in grades 6 through 12 from all three Sylvania Schools junior high schools and both high schools and one student from Toledo School of the Arts. Jon Austin, engineering teacher at Northview and Southview, serves as the advisor for the Syborg team.

Ya Ya Hu, a Northview senior, is the team captain and club president. Jeffrey Comes, a Southview senior, is the assistant team captain and pit leader. Cole Thomas, Toledo School for Arts sophomore and former Southview student, was the lead mechanic.

Edward Liu (7th grader at McCord), Casey Ruckman (8th grader at McCord), Max Fojtik (8th grader at McCord), Cole Thomas (10th grader at Toledo School for Arts), and Dale Oldenburg (Southview senior) served as drivers in robot operation challenge.

Southview seniors Alex Jacobi and Nick Ellis, along with 9th grader Wes Valley, served as spotters in the robot operation challenge.

Ya Ya Hu (Nothview senior), Jillian Sander (6th grader at McCord), Casson Vandervoort (7th grader at McCord), Jeremiah Luke (7th grader at McCord), Grant Zelasko (7th grader at Timberstone), Tyler Sturt (Southview senior), and Jeff Comes (Southview senior) were on the marketing presentation team.

Alec Murd (8th grader at Arbor Hills), Brandon Pokross (7th grader at McCord), Andrew Dake (7th grader at McCord), and Tyler Mahoney (8th grader at McCord) served in the spirit section and assisted with the booth.

BEST Robotics Inc. is a non-profit volunteer-based organization that aims to inspire students in to science and technology fields.

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