Nuclear Wolves take second state robotics championship

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:03
  • The Cyber Wolves won the Promote Award and the Connect Award at the First Tech Challenge Tournament last weekend at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. (Photo courtesy Matthew R. Prnka)
  • It’s the second state title in three years for the Nuclear Wolves. Team members Isiah Bauzon, Gage Friesen, Alex Oleniczak, Ryan Sabroski, Keith Sellers and Sebastian Tunley also won the Inspire Award. The Cyber Wolves won the Promote Award and the Connect Award at the First Tech Challenge Tournament last weekend at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. (Photos courtesy Matthew R. Prnka)
  • It’s the second state title in three years for the Nuclear Wolves. Team members Isiah Bauzon, Gage Friesen, Alex Oleniczak, Ryan Sabroski, Keith Sellers and Sebastian Tunley also won the Inspire Award. (Photo courtesy Matthew R. Prnka)

The Eagle River High Nuclear Wolves won the State Championship at the First Tech Challenge Tournament held at University of Alaska Anchorage’s Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

It’s the second state title in three years for the Nuclear Wolves. Team members Isiah Bauzon, Gage Friesen, Alex Oleniczak, Ryan Sabroski, Keith Sellers, and Sebastian Tunley finished the qualifying rounds in fifth place with a 4-1 record.

The team advanced through the elimination rounds to capture the title and additionally earned the Inspire Award, which is the highest award given to the team that embodied the ‘challenge’ of the program.

The Nuclear Wolves will compete at the West U.S. Super Regional Tournament in Spokane, Wash., March 8-11. The West US Super Regional Tournament hosts the top 72 teams from 13 western states.

Keith Sellers from the Nuclear Wolves was named an Alaska’s FTC Dean List Finalist (only 3 students for the whole state). The Dean’s List is an “All-Star Team” for upcoming and outstanding 10th and 11th graders in First Tech Challenge.

Eleven Alaska students were recognized this weekend as state semifinalists with ERHS boasting 4 of the 11: Jakob LaMar, Tyler Jennings, Andre Gutierrez, and Sellers. Sellers was then chosen from three finalists and has now been invited to the National Dean’s List Award Luncheon at the World Championships in Houston later this spring. He also won a round trip ticket on Alaska Airlines to cover his travel expenses.

Two other ERHS teams competed, with the Phantom Wolves of Ian Beck, Andre Gutierrez, Tyler Jennings, Isaac Jennings, Anya Jeppson, and Ashleigh Shyne finishing the qualifying rounds with a 4-1 match record and a sixth place finish.

The Cyber Wolves of Jakob LaMar, Carter Penaz, Aidan Sutherland and Greg Talotta finished qualifying rounds in 12th place but still advanced to the semifinals. In addition, the Cyber Wolves won the Promote Award for their outstanding PSA video. They are the first team from ERHS to ever win this award.

The Promote Award is given to the team that is most successful in creating a compelling video message for the public designed to change our culture and celebrate science, technology, engineering and math.

The Cyber Wolves won the team Connect Award. This judged award is given to the Team that most connects with their local science, technology, engineering and math community.

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