GHHS First Robotics team geared up for state competition

The Grand Haven High School First Robotics team was formed about a year ago, and is now dreaming of a state title. The Buc‘n'Gears team is ranked 24th out of 190 First Robotics teams in Michigan, according to their coach, Chuck Priese.
Kyle Moroney
Apr 4, 2012


“For a second-year team — or for any team — to be 24th in the state, that’s really good,” he said. “Seeing students gain knowledge and experience, and grow in their understanding of the world around them, that’s the exciting part to me.”

The team has done well during its competition season, including taking home first place in the West Michigan District Championship at Grand Valley State University in March.

There are several ways a team may qualify for the state competition, which will be held April 12-14 at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. One way is by accumulating points from each competition. A team gains points by winning awards, events or being an alliance captain, according to Priese.

When a team reaches about 60 points, then it is likely they will qualify for the state match, Priese said. The Buc‘n’Gears team is heading to state with 87 points. There, they will be competing against 63 other teams.

The team is holding a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 13178 Lakeshore Ave. in Grand Haven Township. All proceeds from the sale will go toward the team’s registration fee for the state match.

Donations for the GHHS First Robotics team can be made by e-mailing advisor Rory Callendar at or coach Chuck Priese at

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.




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