Third Monroe robotics team earns invite to VEX Robotics World Championships

Members of 4478N are, from left, Lindsay Merriman, Tony Catalano, Josh Ofori-Nkansah, Matt Bernier, Bhuvan Hospet and Andreea Rusu. Kaylee Edgar is missing from the photo.

MONROE, CT — William “Bill” McDonough, who heads Monroe’s robotics program, was already proud that two Monroe teams qualified to travel to Dallas to compete in the annual VEX Robotics World Championships this spring. But then he learned a third hometown team was also invited to make the trip.

“We got some great news yesterday, 4478N was invited to attend the worlds event,” McDonough wrote in an email update on March 29. “We will now have two high school teams competing.”

The other high school team is 4478E, which made it to the final four — out of 22,000 teams from 27 countries — last year. They were the first team from Connecticut to ever make it that far.

Monroe also has a group of Jockey Hollow Middle School eighth graders who make up Team 8878J. Their performance in the Regionals were good enough to qualify for worlds.

Team 4478N includes Matt Bernier, Tony Catalano, Kaylee Edgar, Bhuvan Hospet, Lindsay Merriman, Josh Ofori-Nkansah and Andreea Rusu.

The championships will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center from April 25 to May 4.

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