Getting cheesy at St. Francis
Harbour Grace school wins another overall title at Skills Canada event
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.