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On January 24th, the three Lesterville High School Robotics teams, (team Herbie 7467, team Mystery Machine 9092 and team TRTL squad 9625 ) participated in a F.I.R.S.T.  robotics competition held at Rolla High School in Rolla Mo. The three teams competed in the First Technology Challenge (FTC) division. Information on the FIRST organization and the FTC competition can be found by visiting the following website: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc .


 The Rolla Qualifier hosted 36 teams with the opportunity for 7 of those teams to advance to the state level competition. After 45 qualifying matches teams 7467 and 9092 finished in 13th and 19th respectively.  The TRTL squad (team 9625) won each of their 5 qualifying matches of the day finishing first in the qualifiers andearned the privilege to attend the Missouri FTC state championship. The FTC state championship will be held at Missouri S&T in Rolla Mo. Saturday, March 7.

 Team 9625, a rookie team made up primarily of 8th and 9th grade students, is one of 48 teams that qualified for the Missouri state championship. This is especially impressive when you consider the fact that in the robotics competitions there are no school class systems such as 2A , 3A and so on. The Lesterville teams go head to head with all schools regardless of school size.

This is a great accomplishment and we are proud of all of our teams and look forward to the future of Lesterville High School robotics. GOOD LUCK TRTL Squad!!

Congratulations to our Team 9625 TRTL Squad! They are: Seniors: Garrett Sanders and Leo Moore
Freshmen: Journey Lee & Tyler Crocker 8th Grade: Jadon Lanham, Rhylan Gray, Dazy Lee, Hannah Steward and Steven Cook
Good luck at STATE!
Category: Robotics


Jaquise Hamblin, a 9th grader who attends Lesterville R-IV Ranch Campus, impressed his audience and made his school proud by reciting two poems at the Southeast Missouri Regional Poetry Out Loud Finals in the Oscar C. Hirsch room of the Cape Girardeau Public Library on Saturday, January 17.  Hamblin, son of Geraldine Keeble, recited “Lincoln” by Vachel Lindsay and “Apollo” by Elizabeth Alexander from memory in front of a panel of judges and an audience of teachers and guests.

Hamblin was selected from among his peers by Ranch Campus English Instructor Randal A. Burd, Jr. after completing a rigorous unit designed to prepare students to recite a famous poem from memory.  Ms. Carol Groves is Mr. Burd’s aide in the English classroom and helped the students achieve the successful memorization of their chosen poems.  Hamblin also had “April Love” by Ernest Dowson memorized in case there was a tie-breaking round.  Freshman Dillion Jenkins was chosen as the alternate from Lesterville R-IV Ranch Campus, and recited one of his three chosen poems, “The Daring One” by Edwin Markham, for the audience as the judges’ scores from the contest were tallied.

Jaquise Hamblin was one of four students representing their school at the regional competition, which was sponsored by the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri with funding from the Missouri Arts Council, the Poetry Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  The other high schools represented in the competition included Ellington High School, New Madrid County Central High School, and Notre Dame Regional High School.  Competitors were judged on criteria including voice and articulation, evidence of understanding, level of difficulty, and accuracy.

Preparation for all of Mr. Burd’s English students at the Lesterville R-IV Ranch Campus included frequent readings and memorized recitations in front of the class, and to individual school and staff members, guided individual research on chosen poems shared through informal journaling, plus review and discussion of audio and video performances.  Most students begin the Poetry Out Loud unit timid and insecure about reading poetry in front of any audience, much less reciting it from memory.  As the students progress from reading to reciting in front of a classroom and then to various individuals, their comfort and confidence improve substantially.  

While only one student and an alternate are chosen each year to represent the school in regional competition, all students who participate in the unit gain invaluable confidence, knowledge in classical and modern poetry, and skill in public speaking which will benefit them throughout their lives.


Hamblin is the seventh student Mr. Burd has taken to a regional competition for Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation competition initiated in 2006.


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Congratulations to two of our elementary students.

 Miss Cami Suhling placed third in her age division.  Miss Brittany Webb placed first in her division!  Way to go ladies.

 Brittany advanced to the next level of competition at Bonne Terre.

Category: Elementary

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On January 3rd, the three Lesterville Robotics teams, (team Herbie, team Mystery Machine and team TRTL squad ) participated in a F.I.R.S.T.  robotics competition held at Southeast Missouri State University. The three teams competed in the First Technology Challenge (FTC) division. Information on the FIRST organization and the FTC competition can be found by visiting http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc .


The SEMO FTC state qualifier is the largest qualifier in the state of Missouri. It hosts 44 teams primarily from Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas. This year's game is called “Cascade Effect”, and information about the game can be found at http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc .  


Of the 44 teams our three teams did very well. The tournament was broken into two 22 team divisions.  Team “Herbie” finished 7th of the 22 teams in their division. Team “Mystery Machine” and Team (TRTL Squad) both Finished 3rd in their respective divisions. This allowed both Mystery Machine and TRTL to advance to the elimination rounds of the tournament. Team Mystery Machine was put out in the first round of elimination, and the TRTL robot team was able to advance to the semi final round where they lost to the eventual tournament champs. This is as close as we have ever been to qualifying to compete in the state tournament.  

We are very proud of all of our teams.

Building and competing with robots is no easy challenge, and the teams did very well.

- Mr. Donnie Bond







Our next robotics contest will be held at Rolla High School on Saturday, January 24th. If you have any questions, or would like to be a part of the lesterville robotics team, as a coach, sponsor, mentor, technical advisor or team member please contact Mr. Bond.

Category: Robotics

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