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JagWires Have Disappointing End to Season, with Silver Lining

Robotics Team
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Robotics Team
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Robotics Team
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Robotics Team
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After the original league championships were rescheduled from January 19th, the Southeast Valley JagWires competed at league championships on January 26th, at Fort Dodge Senior High. Both the Silver and Black teams competed, with some varied results.

At the start of the day, everything was looking good. But then, the Black team was informed of a rule change, which resulted in many last second changes having to be made to the layout of the bot. Silver teams struggles included an autonomous glitch, which meant a whole new program had to be made, and some issues with consistency on their lift. However, by the end of the meet, both teams were in good form, and other teams took notice. During the alliance selection phase, Glidden-Ralston selected both JagWire teams to be a part of their final alliance!

However, the odds were still stacked against them. The JagWire alliance was the 4th seed, which meant they would have to face the 1st ranked alliance first round. During the best-of-3 match, the JagWires Black and Glidden-Ralston managed to win the first game. However, the opposing autonomous program was very sophisticated, and they simply couldn’t keep up the second and third games. The teams also, unfortunately, didn’t walk away with any team awards. However, there is still a silver lining for the JagWires; three Southeast Valley students are Dean’s List semi-finalists, team members who are excellent ambassadors of the FIRST Tech Challenge program. Parker Johnson and Luke Samuelson of the Silver team, and A.J. Smith of the Black team, have a chance to become a Dean’s List Finalist, and represent the whole state of Iowa and FTC World Championships. Dean’s List Finalists will be announced at the state meet in Coralville on February 23rd. Wish all these students good luck, and let them know Jag Nation is behind them!

The coaches would like to thank the senior team members for their leadership and hard work throughout the season. The seniors include: Jarrett Loseke, Andrew Urelius, Kylie Clark, Caden Maguire, Sam Hemmestad, Malik Brooks, and Katara Jondle.
Congratulations also to three juniors: A.J. Smith, Parker Johnson, and Luke Samuelson, who have
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