Dunkirk robotics team wins first place

Submitted Photo Pictured is the first place award that Dunkirk/McQuaid Jesuit's won at the InfoTech WNY event in Buffalo's Riverworks.

BUFFALO — The Dunkirk Robotics team placed first place with McQuaid Jesuit in the InfoTech WNY event at Buffalo’s Riverworks.

The team, officially named FTC 13945 Marauder Robotics, competed in early May and participated in the off-season scrimmage. The event paired teams together and Dunkirk chose the Fire Senders, McQuaid Jesuit’s secondary name.

The duo won first place and got to enjoy some pizza, competition and an enjoyable time in the city.

The team consists of: Michael Mitchell, Joe Gifford, Carlos Rosario, Bella Donisi, Steven Zentz, Alex Cooley, Daniel Muldowney, Tyler Jacques, Jimmy Beehler, Team Administrator Mrs. Marybeth Muldowney, Team Coordinator Amanda Cooley, Team Coach Roger Cooley Jr., Jay Gifford Team Coach/Advisor Mrs. Cynthia McMillen and Mentor Abbey Zentz.

Marauder Robotics is looking for sponsors to be able to continue expanding the team and allow them to compete in events held statewide. There are also plans to get a second team started in the Dunkirk school district.

If interested in sponsoring the team or learning more about Marauder Robotics, email Muldowney at mmuldowney@dunkirk.wnyric.org or McMillen at cmcmillen@dunkirk.wnyric.org. Marauder Robotics is the only FIRST FTC team in Chautauqua County. The team would be happy to mentor or assist other groups who would like to get involved with the FIRST FTC program.