New College Institute’s robotics team – STAGS – has won the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Challenge Cup, a competition that rewards superior performance for FIRST FRC robotics teams in southern Virginia.

STAGS finished tops of the 11 MBC-sponsored teams, winning $10,000 and, for one year, possession of the MBC Challenge Cup trophy,

Highlights of the season included the STAGS being part of the winning alliance at the 2019 Richmond district event; qualifying for the first World Championship in Detroit; and being selected as the No. 1-seeded team in the Tesla Division at the FIRST World Championship, according to Brian Pace, the STAGS coach.

“Our robotics team is the epitome of dedication,” Melany Stowe, NCI’s assistant director of academics and communications, said in a statement. “Our team includes many students and adult mentors. They sacrifice their personal time and selflessly share their knowledge for the betterment of our team.

“Congratulations to all of the 2018-2019 team members, mentors and community supporters. And thanks to MBC for their commitment to expanding robotics throughout Southern Virginia.”

NCI’s robotics team included Marco Sanchez-Garcia, Autumn Wingfield, Samantha Edwards, Michael Thompson, Nicholas Goehle, Sheccid Lara-Diaz, James Li, Victoria Pritchett, Andrew Hill, Jacob Gray, Kirby Ledyard, Zachary Wilson, Joshua Graham, Alayna Williams, Delando Morris, Austin Hurd, Blake Wilson and Jeremiah Witt.

Robotics activities encourage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities is a non-profit organization committed to bridging the digital divide, promoting economic development, reducing the burdens of government and reinvesting in communities.

Paul Collins is a reporter for the Martinsville Bulletin. Contact him at 276-638-8801, ext. 236.

Paul Collins is a reporter for the Martinsville Bulletin. Contact him at 276-638-8801, ext. 236.