The West High School Robotics Team took ninth place in an 84-team division at the VEX World Championships on April 17 in Anaheim.
Students Maxwell Gibbard, 17, Shiv Khanna, 15, Jordan Moore, 15, and Huzaifa Abdul-Rehman, 15, won eight of their 10 matches. They are advised by teacher Randy Moehnke.
“This is our fifth time at the world championships,” Moehnke said. “This is the best they’ve done, that we’ve done at a world championship.”
Teams pitted their robots against one another, trying to move and stack more bags filled with plastic foam pellets in a 12-square-foot arena.
Solid construction enabled the West High team to amass a winning record this year.
“Typically at a tournament problems are popping up, and this robot had no problems,” Moehnke said.
West didn’t walk away with a trophy from the tournament, which drew 420 teams from around the world, but team members received individual medals for participating.
As Gibbard is the only senior on the team — the other three are sophomores — Moehnke hopes to build upon their experience this year at future tournaments.
“I’m expecting great things from these guys in the next few years,” he said.
Las Positas student wins nationwide scholarship
A Tracy resident attending Las Positas College, Kris Adhikari, was recently selected to an elite group of community college students throughout the United States, winning a $4,500 scholarship.
Adhikari plans to transfer from the Livermore community college to University of California, Berkeley, in the fall.
Based on his GPA and leadership, he was named one of 20 members of the 2013 All-USA Community College Academic Team. He was also declared a New Century Scholar.
Both awards are sponsored by Coca-Cola, USA Today, Follett Higher Education Group and Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society for students pursuing associate degrees.
Adhikari, a graduate of West High School, is a student trustee of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and has participated in several college clubs and organizations.
Insurance student granted scholarship
A college sophomore from Tracy, Renee Collins, recently received a $5,000 scholarship to continue her studies at Indiana State University.
The award was provided by the Spencer Educational Foundation, which supports the study of insurance and risk management.
Former resident makes game show appearance
A Kimball High graduate will appear on the game show “Let’s make a Deal” on Tuesday, April 30.
Shakeel Carpenter, 19, will be a contestant on the show, which airs at 9 a.m. on the local CBS channel.
Carpenter was a member of Kimball’s first graduating class in 2012.