Red Alert had no time to rest after a great run in West Lafayette. 4 days after that competition we were off to Warren Central High School for another District competition. If that wasn’t enough, we then had to turn around and do it a third time this past weekend, March 25th and 26th at Perry Meridian High School!
At Warren, we finished qualifications ranked 12th and were selected by FRC team 2171, the RoboDogs from Crown Point, IN to be on the 6th seed alliance. Along with us was FRC team 5402, the Iron Kings from Walton, Indiana. We were eliminated in the Quarterfinals by the 3rd seed alliance. However, we were honored to have been chosen by the judges for the Entrepreneurship Award! This award “celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit by recognizing a team that has developed the framework for a comprehensive business plan to scope, manage, and achieve team objectives.”
Again, with another short rest, we marched “Knight Fury” onto Perry Meridian for the District competition. After a tough set of qualification matches, we finished ranked 22nd, but were selected by the 4th seed alliance captain, FRC Team 5403, Aluminosity from Bedford, Indiana. We were joined by FRC Team 5484, Memento Vitam from South Bend, Indiana. In quarterfinals, our alliance was forced to play a third “tiebreaker” match against the 5th seed. We made it past the 5th seed and then were eliminated in the semi-finals by the number 1 seed. We were extremely honored to have been chosen by the judges for the “Chairman’s Award.” This is the highest honor an FRC team can earn at any competition. This award is the “most prestigious award at FIRST, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.”
We certainly can’t have had the successes we have had this season so far without the support of our school, community, sponsors, parents, and mentors! We are currently ranked 14th in the state heading into the District Championship to be held in Kokomo April 14th – 16th. We are one of three teams that are eligible to earn the District Championship Chairman’s Award. FRC team 868 the Techhounds from Carmel, Indiana and FRC team 1747, Harrison Boiler Robotics, from West Lafayette, Indiana are the other two teams. FRC team 1747 has Red Alert alumi Charlie and Betsy (Smith) Baxter! We are always so proud to see Red Alert Alum still involved with FIRST as mentors and volunteers!
We wish all the teams good luck at the District Championship! If you are interested in following us more closely during competitions you can check out our team page on “The Blue Alliance” website or follow us on Facebook!