CHHS Robotics team wins national championship

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By Anna Taylor

The Central Hardin High School VEX Ro­botics teams have proved once again that hard work and dedication pays off.

The teams ended their already successful year with a 2013-2014 National Championship at the Technol­ogy Student Association National Con­fer­ence in Washington, D.C.

Robotics team 6135B, consisting of Michael Riggs, Josh Newton, Noah Vidal and Terrance Life, took first place in the Driver Skills Challenge and first place in Autonomous Pro­gramming. The team, led by Riggs, a 2014 Central Hardin graduate, won the TSA National Championship and the Tournament Excellence Award, which is the highest honor given.

“The national event culminates a very successful outstanding season for Michael and his team,” Central Hardin Project Lead the Way teacher and TSA adviser Jason Neagle said.

Neagle said the team has won eight robotics tournaments at the regional, state, national and world levels.

“The team never lost a tournament but finished third at the World Robotics Competition in Anaheim after a round robin of Division Champions,” Neagle said. “Their accomplishments also include multiple robot skills wins and excellence awards. We are very proud of the hard work and dedication to excellence these students have exhibited.”

Riggs’ team wasn’t the only successful group of students from Central Hardin. Team 6135A — consisting of Samuel Newton, Dillon Brock and Ben West — left with a seventh place finish in the TSA National VEX Robotics tournament last month.

“This is a representation of how Central Hardin and Hardin County Schools are preparing students for the global economy,” Neagle said.

Samuel Newton, Brock and Vidal are returning sophomores at Central Hardin. West will be a junior and will attend the HCS Early College and Career Center.

Riggs and Josh New­ton plan on pursuing engineering degrees from the University of Kentucky this fall. Life will attend the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University in the fall.

Riggs plans on giving back some of his success to the Hardin County high school teams next year at EC3 by volunteering his spare time as a mentor.

“I have had an awesome senior year,” Riggs said. “I learned so much about the engineering process and have been able to compete coast to coast.”

Riggs plans on starting a VEX College Robotics team at UK.

Anna Taylor can be reached at 270-505-1747 or ataylor@thenewsenterprise.com.