The Rowdy Robots team from TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas won the first place Championship Award at the FLL (FIRST Lego League) Robotics Tournament held January 21 at Fredericksburg Elementary School in Fredericksburg. The meet drew teams from other Gillespie County schools as well as from Bandera and San Antonio.
Competitors have worked since early last fall to build, test and program a robot within this season’s theme of Animal Allies, a challenge based on animal/human interactions.
Members of the TMI team included eighth graders Tyler Cunningham, Ashton Dietzmann, John Fera, Tres Gaiser of Fair Oaks Ranch, Jackson Gordon, Mikae Mumme, Jacob Perez, Trey Rucker of Boerne and Newton Tran. This win qualified them to advance to the Regional Texas Alamo FLL Championship Tournament in March.
Another TMI robotics team, the Pink Panthers, competed in a qualifying tournament February 4.
The 52nd annual Military Ball of TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas, held February 4 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, broke a school record for attendance at the formal event celebrating the school’s Corps of Cadets (JROTC).
“It was a wonderful evening!” said Monica Velasco, who chaired the volunteer Military Ball Committee “More than 850 students and adults attended to honor this year’s senior cadets. This is by far the highest attendance we have ever had, worthy of our Corps of Cadets.”
When Kaylee Underwood was growing up in a small Illinois town, she was drawn to a softball field not far from her home. She fell in love with the game as she watched the women of Aurora University compete and began to wonder and hope that…well, maybe, just maybe someday she could play that game, maybe for that same Aurora Spartan team. A couple of years ago, Kaylee’s family moved to San Antonio and Underwood enrolled at O’Connor High School. But Kaylee never let go of that dream and recently it all happened. She has given her commitment to Aurora University and will be playing for them next year.