Dundalk High School displays its talent at robotics competition


Dundalk High School displayed its talent and hard work at the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Competition on May 21 at Villanova University in Philadelphia. Dundalk won second place in team sportsmanship and team spirit. In addition, the school won third place in the area of presentation and a trophy for the most promise for future robot improvements. Dundalk High was the only representative of Baltimore County Public Schools to participate.

MATE, a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization, seeks to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology through participation in a “sports-like” science and engineering-based underwater robotics competition. MATE features a robotics game in which teams compete in a series tasks that last for fifteen-minutes.


The following Dundalk High students participated in the MATE competition:

Team 1 – Presenters: Nevan Shanholtz, Tomeka Mitchell, Angela Budreski, and Cheyenne Owens

Team 2 – Engineers: Dominic Quick, Demetre Quick, Garrett Hess, Nevan Shanholtz, Juan Alvarez Nathen Dorsey, and Shannon Booker

Team 3 – Notebook: Cheyenne Owens, Angela Budreski, Tomeka Mitchell, and Ariel Wimbush

Team 4 – Team Spirit: Tierra Roberson, Tierra Robinson, Petre Eure, Alexis Johnson, Kevin Harris, Jose Gilliam, Raquel Cureton, Devin Duncan, and Chardae Avery

Team coaches included Dr. Deborah Wallace, GEAR UP coordinator, Master Sgt. Wendell McKoy, ROTC instructor, Kevin Maccallini, social studies teacher, John Cole, social studies teacher, and Daniel Cackowski math teacher.

Velda Morris, the local hub director for the Secondary Robotics Initiatives, was instrumental in involving Dundalk High School in the MATE Competition.

Story by Dr. Deborah Wallace, GEAR UP coordinator, Dundalk High School. Photos courtesy of Dundalk High School.
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