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SeaPerch Regional Results

The Southwest Wisconsin Regional High School SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Competition was held Friday at Kickapoo High School.

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that instructs teachers and students to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle. The curriculum teaches science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Twelve high school teams took part. The top two teams move onto the National competition to be held June 1st through 3rd. Twelve teams competed at this year's regional. Four teams were from Richland Center, six from Kickapoo, and two from Verona. Each team had tasks they had to complete.

Students have been working on their projects for a while and were ready on Friday to show others their work. Students from Richland Center had a very productive experience. The first place team, “Soapy Suds” is made up of Kole Wacker, Abby Ruetten, and Gracie Adsit. The second place team, “Musty Flaps” includes Cole Darling, Devon Schmitz, and Brooks McCarvel. Other students who participated from Richland Center were: Trey Adams, Cheyenne Goff, Matt Johnson, Hannah Jorgensen, Kylie Oman, and Jenna Thomas.

Placing third at the regional was a team from Kickapoo. The Kickapoo SeaPerch team is coached by science teacher Lori Martin. Students who participanted were: Seth Armstrong, Brandon Braun, Alina Bass, Micheal Becker, Maylea Bibbey, Annabelle Chally, Cali Cauffman, Jorden Cornell, Violet Galindo, Mitchell Geary, Ruger Johnson, Isaac Kintz, Colton Mattes, Victor Nunez Del Prado Plaza Ponte, Jacob Osborne, Sylvia Peterson, Austin Piper, Sophie Sherry, Mariona Suner De Garaizabal, Scott Turgasen, and Josua Rebhahn.

A team from Verona placed fourth. The teams from Verona were coached by science teacher, Hope Mikkelson. Teams heading to nationals will be working on fundraisers to raise funds to travel to Massachusetts to participate at the National SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Competition.

Richland Center's SeaPerch coach Zak Dray's phone number at Richland Center High School is 647-6131, extension 1171. Again, if you would like to make a donation, the school address is 1996 US Highway 14 West. Checks should be made out to the RCHS Physics.