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Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy Robotics Program Ranks Top in the Region

April 13, 2012 10:30 AM
Forest Park, IL...During spring break this year, 51 Robotics Teams from seven states across the Midwest came together to "duke it out" in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. It was a varsity tournament for the mind, and Proviso’s Monty Pythons reigned supreme.

After four years of competing in the engineering and design contest, this year, PMSA students brought home the trophy. They were also ranked 2nd in the Midwest Region.

"Our Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students did an outstanding job of building their robot from ground zero," said PMSA principal, Mrs. Echols. "Great mentors along with the students’ skill levels, diligence, and dedication have assisted them in increasing their rank from number 43 in 2011 to number two in 2012. This is a prime example of the commitment of our future engineers and scientists who gain exposure to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)careers at PMSA. We absolutely support their love for science and innovation."
The love of science and innovation brought students and teachers together to compete and to celebrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Monty Pythons were backed by: club sponsor and teacher, Dr. Daniels; programmer, Mr. Tony Pusateri; mentor and engineer, Mr. Brandon Gunn; Triton college teacher, Ms. Antigone Sharris; and supportive parents and mentors, Ms. Jocelyn Gougisha, Mr. John Asaro, Mrs. Andrea Blaylock, Mrs. Colleen Rosa, and Mrs. Matthews. Students also had determination and a robot built to win.

"I can just remember freshman year being there and looking at all of the technology that is possible at the high school level," said robotics team member, Derek Kwok who has participated in robotics since freshman year. "We had done well in the competition before, but we have never gone this far. With the help of our teachers, we were able to improve. If our founder, Mr. Dix, were alive, he would be very very proud of us."

Fellow team members agreed.

"I was incredibly impressed by our team," said team member, Sreejith Nair. "We weren’t as successful in previous years, but this year we really pulled through. I am amazed at what we’ve achieved."

Team captain, PMSA senior Eddie Hudson, said that winning this year’s competition took a great deal of time and hard work. He says it also took the help of parents, great mentors, and team sponsors who made an investment in the Monty Pythons.

The team sent a special thanks to sponsors including: Mayor Ron Serpico of Melrose Park, Interlake Mecalux, Dynomax Inc., Triton College, J C Penney, ASCME, and the Engineering and Technology Department at Triton College.

Thank you Monty Python sponsors, and congratulations students! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!


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