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Release Date: 5/3/2018 Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

Hereford High team finishes 5th in VEX Robotics World Championships

Hereford High finishes 5th in VEX Robotics
TOWSON, MD. - Imagine being among the best in the world! Four Hereford High School students -- Dean Harmon, Zach McKennedy, Devin Zahn, and Andrew Zhu - now know what that feels like.

Their team, Team 929U, finished 5th in the 11th annual VEX Robotics World Championships.

More than 30,000 people including 1,600 teams from 30 nations participated in the weeklong event, held April 29 - May 1 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Team 929U went 10-0 in qualification rounds before winning all four matches of elimination rounds and becoming champions of the science division. The team became the first Hereford team (and first Baltimore County Public Schools team) to qualify for the six division Championship round robins. 929U finished 2-3 in round robins to finish 5th in World Championships.

"This 5th place World Championship finish is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and teamwork of all of the Hereford robotics students," said Michael Dodd-O, technology education teacher at Hereford High.

This was the first year Hereford High school had three teams qualify for the world championships. (Maryland was allowed 10 high school teams.) In addition to the honors for Team 929U, Team 929X (Jake Crowley, Brian Roeper, Lauryn Roeper, Nathan Sakinejad, and Jack Van Tran) made it to the quarter finals of their division championships, earning a Teamwork Award in the Engineering division.

In all, 14 teams from BCPS schools participated in the VEX Robotics World Championships including teams from Lyons Mill and Sparks elementary schools; Hereford Middle School, and
Dulaney, Hereford, and Towson high schools.

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