Providence places fifth at National Robotics League event

Providence Robotics Team captain Joseph Welch prepares the ’bot for a match.

Gamelin’s Robots, the Providence High School Robotics Team, placed fifth among 51 schools at the National Robotics League Competition held in May at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. The PHS ’bot “Eggs-equetor” successfully won its first four matches, but fell in the semifinals to a ’bot built by Hempfield Area High School from Greensburg, Pa., which eventually came in third place. 

“I am still in shock that we did as well as we did,” said team advisor Susan Beckenham, who serves as Technology Focus program director for the school. “I think the team gained incredible experience at the Nationals. They learned teamwork and perseverance. They were able to see other ’bots  and analyze the engineering. The students were also able to travel together well and really bond as a team.”

After PHS placed third at the highly competitive regional competitions, Beckenham chose to bring the team to the Nationals. “I thought it would be a great idea for them to see what it takes to succeed on the national level,” she said. “I wanted to give the kids something to shoot for.”


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Jean Beliveau, RIP

REV. RONALD ROLHEISER, OMI

Jean Beliveau was more than an athlete, though certainly he was a one-in-a-million athlete. The record of his achievements almost defies belief. He played in the National Hockey League for 20 seasons and retired with 10 championship rings. 

 

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    St. Margaret's Center Christmas Program, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Morningside High School (Cafeteria), 10500 S. Yukon Ave, Inglewood. St. Margaret's Center, Inglewood School District, Doorking, Inc., and Centinela Hospital Medical Staff invite you to join them as they create a holiday wonderland with Christmas surprises for more than 1,000 poverty-level children and their parents. (310) 672-2208. Click here for more information.

    Christmas Shop at Holy Grounds, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Monica Catholic Community, 725 California Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 566-1500.

    Dancing Festival of Lessons and Carols, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Holy Spirit Retreat House, 4316 Lanai Rd., Encino. A concert by Valyermo Dancers & Co., choreographed by John West. $15. Contact Sr. Deborah for more info, (818) 784-4515.

    Christmas Dinner Dance, 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 21433 Strathern St, Canoga Park. Tickets, $28. (818) 371-0473.

    Las Posadas, 7 p.m., Parish Hall, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 600 W Mariposa St, Altadena. Posadas means “the inns” or “the shelters” in Spanish. A religious and social celebration, Las Posadas commemorates Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem and their search for shelter prior to the birth of Christ. We invite you to join us in a one-day celebration of this tradition. (626) 794-2046.

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