Austintown Fitch Robotics team, FalcoTech 3193, finished second place in the qualification round at the Greater Pittsburgh Regional Event held last month in California, Pa.
During the elimination rounds, the team was chosen to be the Alliance captain, which was a first for FalcoTech. FalcoTech then chose team 48 from Warren and team 771 from Ontario as their allied teams. The team won the quarter-finals, which advanced them to the semi-final round where they were defeated two games to one.
The next competition for FalcoTech will be an off-season event at the Ohio State Championship May 17 in Dayton. The team also is collecting aluminum cans and scrap through April 11 as a team fundraiser. Aluminum cans be dropped off at the driveway at the west end of the school between the two trailers.
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The Austintown Fitch Robotics Team placed at the Greater Pittsburgh Regional competition held March 27 to 19. Team members pictured front row from left are: Matt Woods, Justin McGinty, Sierra DuBois, Christina Seydlorsky, Latrice Nelson, Annie Lynch and Cherilyn Latimer. Second row from left are: Eileen Yantes, Nathan Anderson, Mike Jadue, Paul OáConnor, Colin Wilson, Garrett McGinty, Matt Robbins, Laura O'Connor and Alyssa Spear. Back row from left are: Hunter Hykes, Darian Dudzik, Mason Shaulis, Wes Pringle, Zack While, Zack Venzeio and Mike Mellott.
The team's coach, Andy Yantes, has been awarded a 2014 President's Volunteer Service Award by AT&T Community Engagement. This award recognizes his exemplary volunteer service and dedication to his community.
''I volunteer because I care about the kids and our programs here in Austintown,'' Yantes said.
In addition to coaching the team, Yantes accompanies students at tournaments and logged more than 700 hours of volunteer time.