Robotics team did bang-up job, but sponsors helped

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Recently, the Roane County Full Metal Jackets Robotics team successfully competed at the Great Smoky Mountain Regional competition for  FIRST Robotics in Knoxville.  

Out of the 50 teams from all over Tennessee and  several nearby states, the Full Metal Jackets were ranked ninth overall and ended as regional semi-finalists.  

By every measure, we had a terrific second season, and we are building a solid foundation as an excellent team with a bright future.

The team is comprised of about 30 students mostly from Roane County High School, but also from Rockwood, Midway and Harriman high schools as well as a home-schooled student.  The team represented themselves, their schools and communities admirably, and we should all be proud of their success.  

These students are learning real, impactful academic and practical lessons in problem solving, fabrication skills, engineering, design, and business — all while having a great time.

The team is led by RCHS teacher Cindy Holmes with assistance from Jason Young. These teachers do an outstanding job.

Many other mentors supply valuable expertise and support. They include local businessmen; engineers from TVA, Oak Ridge National Lab and Y-12; and dedicated parents who provide support for everything from fundraising to feeding the team.

Roane County High School and the Roane County school system have also supported our team by providing a meeting place and work area, as well as administrative support.

The final ingredient is the generous public and business community in Roane County, who have provided financial support and helped us with  necessary fundraising. We could not have done this without you. Your generosity has allowed us to compete  with the best schools in the region, and we are grateful for your encouragement and interest in the students.

Thank you Roane County, and go Full Metal Jackets!

Tim Theiss
Mentor, Full Metal Jackets