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Halifax County Robotics Team Wins State Title

Six robotics students from the Halifax County STEM Center teamed up to win the Southern Virginia VEX Robotics Championships held Saturday at Halifax County High School.

With win in the state competition, the six students, Dylon Oliver, Darryle Murray, John Roach, Austin Robbins, Thomas Kellner and Steven Crews qualified to compete in the national competition which is scheduled for late March or early April in Dallas, Texas.

Oliver, Murray and Roach comprised the Robo Clowns team, and Robbins, Kellner and Crews comprised the Keepers of the Asylum team, two of the three Halifax County teams that entered the competition. The two teams formed an alliance for the final round of the competition and won the best-of-three match competition to win the final round.

The third Halifax County team, the Land Of Oz team, a team composed of Tripp Conner, Adam Prevette and Jordan Keck, won the Team Spirit Award for the competition.

The team of Murray, Roach and Oliver won the Engineering Excellence Award, and the team composed of Crews, Kellner and Robbins won the Team Excellence Award. The Southside Vexters team from Southside Virginia Community College won the Inspired Design trophy.

“Of course, I’m proud of Halifax County, but I’m proud of every team that showed up,” said robotics teacher Ricky Gordon, who served as the director of the competition.

“I’m proud of every team that competed. Every team brought in a robot that could get the job done. Sometimes luck just didn’t fall their way.”