LONDONDERRY — Londonderry High School students are excelling with robotic talents.
The school’s FIRST Robotics team took a Chairman’s Award at a recent regional competition, one of the top awards given to a FIRST team.
The team, known as the PVC Pirates, has been in existence since 2003.
The team is challenged each season to design and construct a robot that will be tasked to do certain challenges and activities during the competition season.
The PVC Pirates also qualified to compete with their robot at the District Championships, giving the group a second opportunity to earn a spot to the World Championships.
The PVC Pirate team captain is Brandon Zalinsky, with Mike Pettengill Sr. serving as the team mentor.
The team includes Chris Monks, Amy Nicole, Noah Carey, Luc Velie, Erin Janas, Dave Lawton, Tiffany Miller, John Burpeau, Kelly Plakyda, Brandon Zalinsky, Jay O’Donnell, Jack Magrath, Dan Pleva, Alex Peterson, Tim Meuse, Emily Agostino, Emily Dawson, Rebecca Fondo and Chase L’Heureux.
Team mentors are Bobby Bisson, Kailey Martin, Jim Browne, Ted Monchamp, Joe Pleva, Pat Pettengill, Mike Pettengill Jr. and Mike Pettengill Sr.