Niagara Gazette — Grand Island is the Niagara County Community College Tech Wars champion for the fifth straight year, while Lockport City Schools won the middle school title for the second time in three years.
Tech Wars is an academically based technology competition that pits middle and high school students in multiple project-based events of skill, chance and ability. Students design and build robots, cars and other technology-based projects that they enter into a variety of competitions against other local schools.
Grand Island took the overall title, finishing ahead of North Tonawanda and Williamsville North. The Vikings were led by a sweep in the “Hockey Bots” event, taking the top three spots. The two-person team of Noah Teator and Will Hughes won the event, followed by Ricky Hoover and Lucas Robinson. Shane Quaratillo and Simon Pannullo finished third.
North Tonawanda dominated two of the newest events, the “Cardboard Chair” and “Cardboard Regatta.” The team of Jeslyn Zakes, Marissa Mattice and Sean Dolan won the event, while classmates Dominic Schrock and Austin Glick came in second.
The trio of Dawson Johannes, Jarod Harack and Cormac Hickey won the regatta event, followed by the team of Matthew Slominski, Tyler Slominski and Joe Karl.
Barker had a strong showing in the high school division. Heydon Gooding, Nicholas Proxencher, Mitchell Luckman and Matthew Smolinsky won the “Bridge Testing” event, while Josh Mace and Cody Pierce took the top two spots in the “King of the Hill.”
Lockport captured the middle school crown, finishing ahead of Grand Island and Albion. Lockport took the top two slots in the “Autonomous Robot” event, with Keirstan Farina of North Park winning. She was followed by Emmet Belknap’s Alexander Conheady, Brad Speer and Jacob Minnick, who placed second.
North Park’s Marissa Santos won the KidWind event and Hannah Lesold won for musical instrument.