Rector LEGO Team Brings Home Honors from State

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Members of the Rector Cougar LEGO team are pictured with their trophy from the state competition. Pictured are, from left: Front-Jaxon Burns. Middle-Sophia Hill, Maggie Rabjohn, Emma Holmes, Austin Simmons, Drew Henderson and Charlie Bearden. Back-Carter Hill, Kayeleigh Steward and Saxen Sharp.
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The Rector Cougars LEGO team, comprised of 10 students in grades four through six, recently competed at the state LEGO competition in Fayetteville, Ark. The event was held January 19 and 20 on the University of Arkansas campus, and 36 teams from around the state were there to compete—including the team from Rector.

“During the competition, the team competed in three areas--Project Presentation, Core Values and Robot Design,” noted Lance Mabery, one of the Rector coaches. “All teams are judged in these three areas, with teams that score high receiving a call-back to be judged again.”

During the stiff competition, the Cougars received two call-backs, for both Project Presentation and Core Values. And, as a result of the team's hard work, they won first place for Research.

Before returning home on Sunday, the team toured the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Trip organizers noted it was a fun, but busy three days of competing and traveling.

“The team had a great time competing and seeing other team's projects and robots,” Mabrey added. “This is a great experience for them, and they are excited to do this again next year. The coaches would like to say thank you to all the parents who helped and allowed their child to be a part of our team.”

Now in its fourth year in existence, the Rector LEGO team has enjoyed great success. Last year the team qualified for the first-ever state competition at Searcy, and brought home first place in Robot Mechanical Design.

Team members include sixth graders Carter Hill, Sophia Hill, Drew Henderson, Kayeleigh Steward and Saxen Sharp. Fifth graders on the team include Austin Simmons, Maggie Rabjohn and Emma Holmes. Rounding-out the team are fourth graders Charlie Bearden and Jaxon Burns. Along with Mabrey, the team is coached by Stephanie Golladay and Heather Simmons.

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