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Robotics Team Qualifies for World Championship


Montini Catholic's Robotics Team, who recently advanced to the 2020 VEX Robotics State Championship Tournament, have now qualified for the World Championship.   Out of over 11,000 VEX teams from around the world, Montini's team #82997A is one of only 720 teams who qualified for this unique World Championship.

The state VEX tournament was set to be held March 14th and 15th at Illinois State University.   Fifty-six teams from across the state were ready to battle it out to see which teams can advance to the World Championship Tournament that includes teams from over 30 countries.  Like all events in Illinois, this event was canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

"Our State tournament was one of the early casualties of the pandemic," said Technology Director and Robotics Coach, Mr. Pete Farina.  He and his team were very disappointed with the news of the tournament's cancellation.  "Apparently results from previous matches were used to pick teams to represent Illinois in the World Championship Tournament!"  Farina is very excited about the announcement and is quite proud of his team!  "This year's Worlds is an all-virtual 'just for fun' affair and the results will be somewhat randomly generated based on previous match results this season," he informs.  Family and fans are invited to tune in on April 25th to see where our Bronco Robotics team ends up!  (Updates and event information can be found on Facebook at:

The VEX Robotics Virtual World Celebration will recognize the accomplishments of all teams from the VEX IQ Challenge Squared Away and VEX Robotics Competition Tower Takeover season. The organizers plan to keep the spirit of competition alive with this Fantasy Robotics Tournament.

Montini's Team 82997A (Horsepower) qualifying for state and the world championship includes students Matt Hejny, Max Kramer, Jack Grahn, Billy Cyze, Sarah Zimmerman, Myles Marciniak, Jack Hemmersmeier, Luke Marciniak, Alex Reading, Jamey Yao, Saxon Sun, Devin Chiaramonti, Daniel Cyze, Thomas Cyze and Aayan Dhir.

The VEX competition pushing the Broncos into the state/world contender category took place on Saturday, February 1st at Northeastern Illinois University.  This was the Broncos first-ever VEX Robotics Tournament. "Our two Bronco Robotics teams did an outstanding job handling the challenges, the pressure, and the ten hour grind of this type of competition," said Farina.  The event featured 32 teams competing in 47 rounds of qualifying matches, the Robotics Skills Challenge, alliance selection, and the final elimination bracket.  "Our Bronco Robotics Team 82997A, with a driver team of Matt Hejny, Max Kramer, and Jack Grahn had a total of 6 wins and 3 losses and they finished in a fantastic 4th place overall in the final bracket!"

In the VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communication, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels and culminate at the VEX Robotics World Championship each April.  The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally.

Image Above: 82997A (Horsepower) Team - Front l to r:  Luke Marciniak, Maxwell Kramer, Matt Hejny and Jack Grahn; Back row:  Myles Marciniak, Mr. Pete Farina, Jack Hemmersmeier, Billy Cyze, Sarah Zimmerman, Alex Reading and Devin Chiaramonti;  Team members not pictured:  Jamey Yao, Saxon Sun,  Daniel Cyze, Thomas Cyze, and Ayaan Dhir; 

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