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Wyoming Girls Drive Robot to Semi-Final Finish

Manning, or (wo)manning, the Wyoming High School robot resulted in a semi-final finish at a special Girls Only First Robotics competition at Bloomfield Hills High School Nov. 1.

The female members of the Wyoming High School Robotics Team responsible for all aspects of the event, from setting up the pit area, coordinating with other teams, driving the robot, fixing mechanical problems, and correcting any programming issues. Perhaps most impressive, all of the girls are new members except Jessyka Monroe.

Rookie girls include Milexis Gonzales, Julia Vu, Kristina Frantz, Tiffany Le, Vanessa Tijerina Montes, Rian DeYoung and Danielle Schumacher.

The ladies competed against 32 teams from around Michigan.

FIRST  Robotics Competition is an annual competition founded in 1992 which helps students develop passion in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and consider careers in those fields. Approximately 68,000 high-school students from 17 countries participated in the 2014 competition.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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