Get­ting cheesy at St. Fran­cis

Har­bour Grace school wins an­other over­all ti­tle at Skills Canada event

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

Sports buffs have a word for a team that wins a cham­pi­onship eight out of nine years — dy­nasty.

It’s safe to say the St. Fran­cis ju­nior high ro­bot­ics team has now earned that des­ig­na­tion af­ter win­ning its eighth Skills Canada New­found­land and Labrador In­ter­me­di­ate Chal­lenge ti­tle Satur­day, Nov. 26 in Mount Pearl.

Since the in­cep­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion nine years ago, St. Fran­cis has one ev­ery year ex­cept one — last year. The Har­bour Grace school did not win last year be­cause they did not en­ter a team.

This year’s event at­tracted some 350 stu­dents in Grades 7 to 9 from 37 schools through­out the prov­ince. The com­pe­ti­tion was held at Mount Pearl In­ter­me­di­ate, where teams com­peted in ar­eas such as pre­pared speech, com­puter an­i­ma­tion, TV/ video pro­duc­tion, Lego League ro­bot­ics and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

Spear­headed by coaches Randy Dob­bin and Norm Lit­tle­john, both of whom are teach­ers at the school, the team has been to in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions each of those years to rep­re­sent New­found­land and Labrador in the First Lego League.

“It is the Olympics league,” said Lit­tle­john.

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion is be­ing held in St. Louis, Mis­souri, April 25-28.

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