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Lawn students bring home gold from LEGO competition

A team of students from Holy Name of Mary Academy in Lawn took home gold in the F.I.R.S.T Lego League Robotics competition at College of the North Atlantic’s Prince Philip Drive campus in St. John’s Nov. 28.

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A team from Holy Name of Mary Academy in Lawn took top place in the First Lego League Competition at College of the North Atlantic’s Prince Philip Drive campus in St. John’s Nov. 28.

The Mustang Mega Bots joined 21 other teams from across the province to compete in a variety of missions set out in the competition.

It marked the first time in seven years the students from Lawn have participated in robotics.

“We had it in our school before,” said Kennedy Tarrant, a Grade 6 student. “We just recently brought it back into our school. A lot of people wanted to join.”

Jenna Hennebury said she was excited to take part.

“When Miss came into our (class) room and asked us, me and her (Kennedy) were (among) the first people whose hands flew up for this opportunity,” she said.

The 10-person team met after school for approximately three weeks to work on their robot.

The students were judged on a number of different criteria to determine an overall winner.

“The competition was a three-part competition,” said Jenna.

“You have the robot games,” added Kennedy. “Your robot design presentation where you went in, and you showed (the judges) your robot, and the robot games is where you program a robot to do all these missions that they give you ... ”

Students also displayed the projects that were linked to the theme of the event. This year’s theme was Trash Trak.

“There was also our project, which was about six-pack rings and how they harm the environment, and our core values was another very important part,” added Jenna.

The team members told The Southern Gazette Wednesday they were excited when they heard the judges announce them as the winners.

“We were all blown away when they announced our name,” said Kennedy.

She said Clarence Button, regional partner with F.I.R.S.T. LEGO League Robotics Newfoundland and Labrador, made the announcement.

“He said, ‘Shiver me timbers the winner is Holy Name of Mary Academy.’ Everybody just started screaming — we were so happy,” Kennedy said.

Both young ladies said they enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to taking part again in the future.

“It was a very amazing experience,” Jenna said. “We had so much fun.”


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