Masuk’s robotics team gets ready for global tourney in California


Masuk High School’s robotics team is looking for sponsors to help fund its upcoming trip to California to compete in the VEX Robotics High School World Championships.

This is the first time a Monroe team has qualified to attend the competition that attracts top robotics engineering students from high schools throughout the United States and abroad.

One team from Masuk has qualified to attend so far. However, students on the remaining four teams have been getting their ’bots ready for the upcoming CTEEA Southern New England Regional VEX Robotics Championship on Saturday, Feb. 17.

William McDonough, head coach of the Masuk robotics team, expects to travel with 17 students and two additional chaperones to the world championships at the Anaheim Convention Center from April 16 to 20.

The anticipated cost is $1,000 per person. Tax-deductible donations are welcome (learn how to help at the end of this article).


Praised for professionalism

McDonough and Mike Cercone, the team’s assistant coach, praised the 40 students who participated in Massachusetts Super Regional event held in Worcester earlier this month.

Masuk students received high compliments from the event’s organizers.

McDonough said several judges took the time to let him know that Monroe’s young people were “professional, invested, amazing, enthusiastic and a model for other teams to follow.”

“They said we were the epitome of what VEX Robotics is all about,” McDonough said.


Competing at the regionals

Individual Masuk teams did well at the competition in Massachusetts. “At the end of the qualifying rounds, we had two teams 6-0, ranked third and fourth out of 84 robots competing,” McDonough said.

“Our other robots were ranked 15th, 33rd, 54th,” he continued. “After the final eight alliances were picked, Masuk Robotics had robots on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th seeded alliances. Mr. Cercone and I thought for sure we were going to have at least one robot it the finals of the event.”

Unfortunately, the Masuk teams fell short by near-misses to compete in the event’s finals.

“The day was a great success, though, because every team functioned as a team and performed to the best of their ability,” McDonough said. “We were able to make alliances and friendships with teams from high schools from all over New England. Those relationships will help us in the future and create friendships that I hope will last for a long time.”


How to help

In addition to seeking outside funds so the Masuk students can travel to the California competition in April, the Masuk Robotics Club is looking for sponsors to support the program throughout the year. McDonough said about $5,000 is needed to cover replacement parts and the team’s competition fees.

Anyone wanting to contribute can send a check payable to “Masuk Robotics Team,” c/o William McDonough, Masuk High School, 1014 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT 06468. All donations are tax deductible.

For more information on the team or specifically on becoming a team sponsor, contact McDonough by phone at 203-452-5823, ext. 7707, or by email at [email protected]



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