The Perry Meridian District Event marked an outstanding achievement for Team 135. During the three-day timespan of the March competition, Team 135 was able to accumulate recognition as a highly competitive robotics team as well as receiving the ever-coveted Chairman’s award.
The team robot performed well, with early seeding matches allowing for 135 to steadily move up the ranks. Around the time of the thirtieth match the team was ranked fourteenth; though by the end of the match sets, the Black Knights had secured the third alliance position for finals. Our Scouting Lead, Mia Heisler, accumulated the data that set the priority list for potential alliance partners, eventually leading to the selection of teams 1018 and 1741 to join us on the field. With this team cohesion, alliance #3 succeeded in winning all quarterfinal matches it participated in. Though as the games progressed, the semi-finals proved to be where the stiffest competition lay. The third match of semifinal 2 is where team 135 ended their time on the Perry Meridian field.
While the robotic element of the team did not make it to victory, another subsection of the team did. The Chairman’s subteam competed professionally against the other groups at Perry Meridian for the Chairman’s award. The Chairman’s award is the most prestigious award that can be given in FIRST; it recognizes the accomplishments and exemplary work of teams that reach out to their communities, spread values of science and technology, as well as encourage new students for the future. Alongside the honor and prestige that accompanies this award, there is also the added benefit of being granted a spot at the state level competition (regardless of the team’s robot performance). The Black Knights were honored to receive such recognition and look forward to competing April 6-8 in Fort Wayne.