Destrehan robotics headed to World Championship

The Destrehan High School Robotics Team punched its ticket to the World Championship this month when they won the Magnolia Regional in Laurel, Mississippi.

Team Coach Brian Young said his 21 team members showed a tremendous effort at the competition.

“They deserve what they got … trust me,” he said of his team’s win. “I’m so unbelievably happy for them. We had an unbelievable tournament. Emotions were through the roof.”

The team advanced to the Magnolia Regional after making it to the semifinals in the Arkansas Regional. In Arkansas, the team won the sustainability award, which celebrates and recognizes a team which has developed a sustainable program in order to define, manage, and achieve the team’s ongoing objectives.

After making improvements to their robot after the Arkansas competition, Young said Destrehan’s team arrived in Laurel this past weekend maintaining the #1 seed for most of the event and boasting an overall record of 17-2-0.

“It was the first time in history we were ranked #1 going into a tournament,” he said.

Young said that during the playoffs at the Magnolia Regional, the Wildcat Robotics’ intake was damaged by a tough defense. Through a combined effort and exemplary teamwork, he said the team’s experienced pit crew was able to repair the damage and allow the robot to play at its full potential.

“The kids – because of their hard work and dedication – knew all about the robot and were able to quickly fix it for the next round,” Young said. “They really had to overcome adversity. They stepped up to the challenge.”

The DHS team walked away this past weekend with not only an overall win but also the team spirit award, which celebrates extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnership and teamwork.

Next up for the team is the Bayou Regional, which Young said will give his team more practice before they head to Houston in April for the world championship.


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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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