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TVA donates $5,000 to Full Metal Jackets

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TVA recently donated $5,000 to Full Metal Jackets, the robotics team at Roane County High School in Kingston.

The donation, said adviser Cynthia Holmes, goes a long way toward enabling the team to take part in the Smoky Mountain Regional competition March 28-30 in Knoxville Convention Center.

“Our team would not have had enough money to enter” without the substantial donation, Holmes said.

The Full Metal Jackets of 43 students — 42 from Roane County High and one from nearby Midway High School — created Robo-Jacket, a robot in training who will be climbing a three-level pyramid at the end of the competition.

“It is very expensive to build a large, 120-pound robot,” Holmes said. “The entry fee and basic kit is $6,500.”

She added, “Participation would be impossible without sponsors.”

Mentors helping are Tobin, Alley, Diane Bull and Tim Theiss from ORNL; Ed Michaud from South College; Ronnie McKamey , system engineer for TVA; Cecil Jenkins of Jenkins Fabrication and Welding.

Roane County High educators Sheila Calloway and Suzanne Miller also help with the club.

“Anyone who would be willing to help sponsor our team can contact me at RCHS,” Holmes said. “Any donation of tools, supplies, expertise and funding would be appreciated.”