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Provided by Muleshoe ISD/Christy Butler, Deshazo Robotics Coach

DeShazo Elementary students showcased their robotic skills in competition earlier this month.

The campus took six teams to Frenship on April 9 to compete in the 2022 G.E.A.R. Game Day. Aptly named “Moonpost,” participants of this year’s event were tasked with having their robots replicate maneuvers they’d have to complete if they were on the moon’s surface, like clearing debris from the outpost, according to information shared by Robotics Coach Christy Butler. Sixty-three teams competed.

The teams compete for points. The given tasks must be completed in under two minutes.

One of the Deshazo teams won the competition earning a spot at the regional championship, set for May 14 at Texas Tech University. That team included Hadley Burus, Max Tovar, George Hettinga and Colton Standard.

That team also earned an award for the highest single-round score of the day.

Butler says the advancing team(s) will face competition from four regions from an area spanning from Amarillo, Lubbock and Midland. The top two teams from each region will advance to compete at Tech.

There are 14 available wild card spots and four Deshazo teams are up for one.

A team including Tralee Turnbow, Julia McCamish and Allyson Avila placed eighth overall and earned the honorable mention Young Engineer’s Award.

June Hurst, Abiel Rodriguez, Jaelynn Olivarez and Eli Jones placed third overall.

The fifth place overall team included Merendy Mendoza, Yareli Casas, Dillan Pierce and LJ Aldape.

A team including Dylynn Villanueva, Benjamin Fleming, Taysom Summers and Alex Hancock finished seventh overall.

Each of these teams is in contention for a wild card spot.

The last of the competitions are set for Saturday. The 14 wild card teams with the highest scores will advance to compete at Tech.

Deshazo’s sixth team included Briana Sanchez Salazar, Anthony Anguiano, Zoe Hancock and Zecheriah Rey-Mendoza. The team placed 31st.

Ellysa Harris

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