Maple Mountain High School lived up to its “attitude of excellence,” when their Robotics team, Absolute Zero, brought home the championship at the Utah Regional, FIRST Robotics Competition March 20. Thirty-three teams from seven states competed, as Utah sponsored its first regional robotics competition. The Golden Eagles taking home the prize is big for Utah and our first-year school.
Starting off the competition as rookies, team Absolute Zero was considered one of the underdogs of the competition and surprised everyone when they were chosen by two other teams to form an alliance in the finals. The alliance moved through the quarter-finals and the semi-finals easily, but was faced with a challenge in the final round when placed up against two top ranking. Final matches were best two out of three, and team Absolute Zero was worried when they tied their first match and lost the second. In the end they were able to pull off two wins for the third and forth match and ultimately win of the Utah regional competition. “This was my proudest moment as a high school teacher. It was great to see that all the hard work they put in over the last six weeks paid off.” says Absolute Zero’s mentor Mr. Brady The ability for team Absolute Zero to compete in the FIRST Robotics Utah Regional competition was made possible by their sponsors- Novell, Access Data, All the Great Rooms, Jones Paint and Glass, and Sapa. A big thank you goes to all our sponsors.
Winning the Utah Regional qualified team Absolute Zero to attend the national competition in Atlanta, Georgia, this April. The Golden Eagles are looking forward to competing at the national level and continuing Maple Mountain’s “Attitude of Excellence.”
Picture caption: Top row from right to left, William Shelton, Frederick U ZuBelzen, Jacob Carter (Mr. Brady behind Jacob), Kyrie Carpenter, Cole Baker, (Rob Eastmond)
Front row James Eastmond, Tyler Christensen, and Tyler Morgan.