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Roanoke Rapids Yellow J.A.C.K.E.T.S  Robotics First Tech Challenge Team 15442 won at the qualifying tournament held by FIRST on January  26, 2019 in Farmville,NC.

This team will now compete in the NC State Championship tournament held in Greensboro,NC on March 2,2019.

First Tech Challenge program is a STEM program involving science,  technology, engineering and math.

The program runs from grades 7-12th grade with opportunities for the students to receive scholarships for college.


The program is accepting donations to help with the cost of building of the robot, competition and travel for students to competition.  There are many cost. As of now, leaders have been funding the team and parents have been paying to get them to competition.  

You may call Donna Powell for more details. Donna Powell, coach (252)676-6108 or Tim Powell, mentor (252)676-6354 for more details.


Team picture above: 

From left to right bottom row:

Rashod McWilliams, Natalie Browder, Carmello Langford, President Allison Powell, Riley Sanderford, Erik Hasty & Brayden White

Back row:

Stephanie Mason, coach Paul Rodi, Arafat Qasem, Ashraf Qasem, Kaitlyn Tanner, Riley Garris, Tabitha Sanders, coach Donna Powell, mentor Tim Powell. 

Missing from picture is Eddie Zhao