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VEX Robotics competition

Reth Abraham, Kirubha Rajadhas and Xavier Pinedo, students at OCSD5's High School for Health Professions, won the state championship in VEX Robotics competition at Spring Valley High School in Columbia March 9-10.

T&D CORRESPONDENT KIMBERLEI DAVIS

Three students from Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5's High School for Health Professions punched a ticket to attend the robotics world championship in Louisville, Kentucky in April after becoming state champions during the recent Palmetto State VEX Robotics Competition.

The state event was held March 9-10 at Spring Valley High School in Columbia.

Reth Abraham, 17; Kirubha 'Paul' Rajadhas, 18; and Xavier Pinedo, 18, were part of the nine-student alliance from schools across the state who competed in the two-day event.

The trio and another student, William Ancrum, 17, built the robots, while Xavier and another student, Tre Johnson, 17, managed the batteries and helped with the coding for the robot.

Johnson and Ancrum were not able to attend the state championship, but were supportive of the team all the more, Pinedo said.

The name of their challenge was "The Zone."

VEX Robotics is an extracurricular activity in which students use engineering skills to build robots, computing skills to program the robots and social skills to make new memories and friends.

“It is definitely an experience that I would recommend to anyone interested in the STEM field,” Pinedo said. “I never thought I would have been as happy as I am in VEX, and I am eternally grateful to our coordinator, Mrs. Caesar.”

Luevera Caesar is a science teacher at the High School for Health Professions.

Pinedo said the 27-year veteran teacher "pushes students to accomplish their goals and represent their Warrior Pride in the STEM field."

For more information about the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship- VEX Robotics Competition High School Division, visit https://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/RE-VRC-17-3805.html.

Connect with the writer on Twitter @KimberleiDavis.

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