After an unusual season of mostly remote tournaments, two Ransom Everglades middle school robotics teams and five from the upper school qualified for exclusive regional competitions: the South Florida VEX-IQ Middle School and VRC High School Regional Championships, which take place in mid-April. The teams qualified based their performances in remote skills competitions and, in the case of the upper school students, at a pair of in-person events.
The middle school qualifiers, team 2045R and team 2045A, ranked seventh and 10th in the region, respectively. The teams qualified based on their skills scores for programming and driving; they were judged from recorded video submissions. Those teams, whose members are listed below, train under faculty member Gus Palacios.
RE's upper school teams were helped by their performances at the February 27 VEX Robotics Competition Change Up Tournament at Banyan Air; there, RE's "The Squad" won the Innovate Award, the "Raiders" won the Think Award and "Dark Matter" won the Amaze Award. Those teams and two others qualified for regionals; they train with faculty member Bob DuBard.
RE Middle School Regional Qualifiers
2045R Mateo Heitner '25 Joey Buttrick '25
2045A Angelo Perez '26 Eduardo de Sabrit '26 Tino Pena '26 Ryan Alesandro '26
RE Upper School Regional Qualifiers
The Matrix Joshua Buttrick ’22 Arjun Badwal ’23 Charlotte Wang ’21 Joan Joseph ’21 Emma G ’23
Raiders Chloe Alfonso '24 Catherine Buckner '24 Christine Keedy Brown '24 Evelyn Yu '24 MacKenzie Buckner '24 Nick Poliak '24
The Squad Luca Trebotich ’23 Diego de Lope ’23 Victor Perez ’23 Pablo Rodriguez-Russowsky '23 Lucia Rose Dahn ’23
Dark Matter Dashiell DeStefano ’22 Jonah Bennett ’21 Max Vallone ’22 Jordan Hoffman ’21 Sofia Miranda ’23 Alex Van Lidth ’22 Andre Joseph ’22
REboticists Myles Heller '24 Erick Gross '24 Varun Raju '24 Nolan Wu '24 Victoria Miranda '24
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.