First super-regional competition in history of the six-year program!

Loveland, Ohio – The Loveland Robotics Nuts and Bolts Team 5040 is preparing to compete at Super-Regionals in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, March 30 – April 1 for a chance to compete at the World Championship. In the program’s six-year history, this is the first group to advance to the Super-Regionals. The students qualified after the First Tech Challenge Ohio State Championship at iSpace on February 11.

(Back row left to right) Matt Spitzley, Abbie Docter, Haley Dues, Ben Richardson, Cooper Baumgarth, Ben Kavouras; (Front row left to right) Stephanie Spitzley, Ben Smith, Bryce Reinhold, Garrett Royal and Julia Hoge


LHS Teacher Phil Marchal with his First Robotic Compass Award.

“Team 5040, in qualifying for the Super Regional Tournament, is our first team ever to advance to this stage,” said LHS Teacher and Robotics Sponsor Phil Marchal. “It has been a special year for them and really neat to see their hard work and dedication result in success. The students are very excited and eager to compete in the Super Regional.”

Additionally LHS Teacher Phil Marchal was honored with the First Robotics Compass Award, which recognizes an adult coach or mentor who has provided outstanding guidance and support for a team throughout the year, and demonstrates to the team what it means to be a gracious professional. Student team-members nominated Marchal by producing a video about the impact he has had on their lives.

Here is a list of all the competitions the team has participated to advance, including the awards received at each competition:

Dayton Qualifier

Winning Alliance Captain

1st Place Inspire Award

2nd Place Promote Award

2nd Place Control Award

2nd Place Innovate Award

2nd Place Connect Award

2nd Place Think Award

Walnut Hills Qualifier

Winning Alliance Captain

1st Think Award

2nd Place Promote

Ohio State Championship

Finalist Alliance

1st Place Promote

3rd Place Motivate

3rd Place Think

3rd Place Inspire


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