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Friday, March 9, 2012

Teams from Nashua, Milford, Londonderry win FIRST awards

MANCHESTER – Several Greater Nashua students and high school teams won awards this weekend at the 10th annual FIRST Robotics Granite State Competition, held Friday and Saturday at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

Each of the 50 competing high school teams built a robot that picked up small basketballs and shot them at four hoops of varying heights to score points. Thousands of friends, family members and fans showed up to cheer on the students.

The PVC Pirates from Londonderry High School won the highest award of the competition, the Regional Chairman’s Award, and earned a spot in the FIRST National Championships next month in St. Louis.

Team C.H.A.O.S. from Manchester Central High School won the regional championship competition and also earned a trip to St. Louis, along with teams from Gilford High School and Maine’s South Portland High School.

Team 811 from Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua won the award for Overall Engineering Excellence. The Milford Area Youth Homeschoolers Enriching Minds won a Regional Finalist award and the Chrysler Team Spirit award. Team Phoenix of Greater Nashua High Schools won the General Motors Industrial Design award. The Windham Windup from Windham High School won the Motorola Quality award.

Also, two local students won Dean’s List Finalist awards: Tristan Evarts, a student on the Londonderry team, and Amelia Jennings, a home-schooled student from Milford.

– CAMERON KITTLE