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Robotics Students Win Third Tournament in a Row

On February 1, 2014, Ranney won its third straight robotics tournament in a row. Nineteen Ranney Robotics students participated in the VEX Robotics South Brunswick High School regional competition, which featured more than 30 robots from around the state—the largest competition so far during the 2013-2014 school year.


Ranney students had six robots in this latest competition. Robot 3815B won the tournament, a third win in a row for this robot, which was designed and driven by sophomore Brandon Gioggia of Belford.
During the final rounds of a VEX Robotics Competition, robots team up in alliances of three robots—a main robot that is on the field for every match and two robots that alternate matches. An alliance made up of three Ranney robots—led by 3815D, and assisted by 3815A and 3815C—lost in the quarterfinals. Ranney robot 3815B was in an alliance with robots 4610 and 4610C, both from Robot Revolution in South Orange, New Jersey. The six Ranney School teams competing on February 1 and their robots included:

  • 3815A: Raymond Moser ’15 (Shrewsbury, team leader) and Ava Papetti;
  • 3815B: Brandon Gioggia (team leader) and Coleen Ross ’15 (Morganville);
  • 3815C: Amy Winkler ’15 (Manasquan, team leader), Kylie Medlin ’15 (Marlboro) and Mary Katherine Horan ’15 (Rumson);
  • 3815D: Vasilios Nicholas ’16 (Holmdel, team leader), Zach Sullens ’16 (Holmdel) and Jack Fink ’16 (Middletown);
  • 3815E: Ben Iglesia ’17 (West Allenhurst), Kevin Xia ’17 (Colts Neck), Nicholas Ross ’17 (Rumson) and Kyle Lubin ’17 (Colts Neck); and
  • 3815F: Aidan Denver-Moore ’17 (Bay Head), Grace Hofferber 17 (Bay Head), Brittany Hofferber ’17 (Bay Head), Dana Schioppo ’17 (Freehold) and Olivia Nisbet ’17 (Monmouth Beach).
Ranney has a seventh robot, designed by middle school students Kiran Shah (Manalapan) and Chip Johnson (Freehold). This robot experienced software problems the night before the competition and they decided not to attend.
Ranney Robotics students competed in another regional competition January 25, 2014, held at Montville Township High School, in Montville, NJ. That competition included 27 robots from around the state—seven of which were Ranney robots, including a new Middle School robot competing for the first time. Three out of these seven robots won that tournament (see back story).

The next competition is February 8, to be held in Burlington County, before the February 22nd state championships in Cherry Hill. The Ranney Robotics program is advised by Computer Science Teacher Chiara Shah.

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