January 6, 2014

Todd Marshall
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Morriss Elementary School Robotics Teams Take Champions Award, Core Values Award and Top Placement in Table Performance during FLL Regional Qualifier

Texarkana, TX – Eight robotics teams from the Martha and Josh Morriss Mathematics & Engineering Elementary School competed in the First Lego League Regional Qualifier on December 14 at the University of Texas at Dallas. Three teams took top honors and will move forward to the Regional Championship at Hockaday School on February 1.

With an estimated 33 teams competing in the 4th thru 8th grade level, the 2013 Nature’s Fury Challenge featured three components – the Robot Game, the Project and the Core Values. The challenge focus was designed to help master natural disasters by exploring awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and more. Teams discovered what could be done when intense natural events meet the places people live, work and play.

Texas Twisters earned the 1st Place Champions Award for overall Team Performance and placed in the top 5 for Table Performance. Team members are: Nickey Pappas, Darby Robertson, Nathan Morriss, Luke Ogden, Maklain Currie, Jade Laster. Coaches are Jessica Kline and Tammy Danley.

Texas Twisters

2nd Place Champions Award for overall Team Performance went to Lego Eruption who also placed in the top 15 for Table Performance. Members are: Gabriel Lovett, Assad Malik, Cody Morgan, Colin Shelley, Aidan Ross and Justin LeGrand. Coaches are Tonja Blasé and Tammy Danley.

Lego Eruption

The Autobots won the Core Values Award for their gracious professionalism and teamwork and also placed in the top 10 for Table Performance. Members include: Kate Woodard, Jenna Woodard, Kamryn Brown, Janie Rounds, Benjamin DePreist, Zane Dodson, Jonathan Naples and Jackson Doss. Coaches are Tonja Blasé and Tammy Danley.


Three remaining teams placed in the top 15 for Table Performance. They were: Robo Rockstars – Aasna Pokhrel, Will Anderson, Jonathan Gass, Ariaunna Hawkins, Mekhi Garcia, Doug Kyles, Morgan Brooks and Kade Kinder. Coached by Melanie Allen and Tammy Danley; Robo Racers – Stephani Jumper, Christian Leach, Will Carter, Josh Mbonu, Collin Vanderburg, Angie Parrott, Seth Whittington, Grant Mitchell. Coached by Meredith Hale and Tammy Danley; Eruptors - Madison Kennemore, Diya Patel, Chloe Hoercher, Valeria Perez, Patton Culbertson, Spencer Lawing, Mathew Windes. Coached by Erin Davis and Tammy Danley.

Robo Rockstars


Robo Racers



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