Student group achievements: Robotics team award, raising funds for education, and musician honors

Above:  Trottier’s 7th & 8th grade band won top honors from Mass conductors and the right to perform at Mechanics Hall. (photo provided)

I can’t always post dedicated stories about student achievements as they come in. So, I rounded up a few noteworthy ones I missed. . .

Algonquin Robotics Team Wins Prestigious FIRST® Robotics Award – contributed:
The Algonquin Robotics Team “T-Hawks” has done it again!  As they did in 2013, the T-Hawks have once again been recognized as a model for other teams with a prestigious “FIRST® Robotics Chairman’s Award.”  They took home the award from the District Competition held at Rhode Island’s Bryant University on March 21-22, 2014.  . .

The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award given by FIRST®. It honors the team that “best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purposes and goals of FIRST. ”

Team 1100 earned the award in recognition of its year-round efforts to inspire younger students to become interested in science and technology through a variety of community based activities. The team’s activities included: demonstrations in various locations, participating in Northborough’s Applefest and Southborough’s Heritage Day, providing visitors with hands-on experiences driving robots, mentoring younger FIRST® teams (the “FIRST® Lego League”), including hosting a FIRST® Lego League competition, organizing Algonquin’s first “Science Day” to showcase Algonquin’s STEM-related clubs (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) and holding a Build Your Own Robot event for students in Grades 3 through 6. (read more)

Algonquin students organize race for education – from Community Advocate:
In an effort to help improve education globally as well as locally, the former Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) Girls Learn International Club has been renamed Global Learning Initiative (GLI) and is now partnered with Room to Read, an award-winning nonprofit organization which helps children pursue a quality education, reach their full potential, and contribute to their community and the world. . .

GLI has helped raise money for Room to Read through their Krispy Kreme donut sale earlier this year and will be doing so again with the upcoming third annual Algonquin 5K road race Sunday, May 4. (read more)

MICCA Gold Medal Showcasecontributed

Trottier Middle School’s 7th and 8th Grade Band earned a gold medal from MICCA (the Massachusetts Instrumental & Choral Conductors Association). This entitled them to play in the Gold Medal Showcase at Mechanics Hall in Worcester this month.

The full list of MICCA medals for Southborough:

ARHS Choral:
Chamber Choir – Silver
Camerata – Silver
Concert Choir – Silver
Mixed Chorus – Bronze

ARHS Instrumental:
Wind Ensemble – Silver
Orchestra – Silver
Symphonic Band – Silver
Concert Band – Bronze

Trottier Middle School:
Orchestra – Bronze
6th Grade Band – Silver
7th & 8th Grade Band – Gold

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