FHS Flagship Robotics team claims 3rd in Perry regional

Key members of Farragut High School FIRST Robotics Flagship 3140 team, pictured alongside their prototype robot “Jeb Rush 2015,” from left, are senior Josh Cook, 3140 team captain and Drive Team member; junior Marvin Joshi, Pit captain, and senior Kyle Parsley, 3140 Drive Team driver who also lead the robot building process. Finding a local partner in Webb School of Knoxville, Farragut High School’s FIRST Robotics team enjoyed success with the task of stacking during Perry, Ga. Regional Competition.

FHS’s Flagship 3140 team joined Webb and “Team Clutch” from Atlanta to finish third, the program’s highest finish the past four years, among a 44-team field representing a 10 states Friday through Sunday, Feb. 27-March 1.

“This is our most successful regional as a team,” Josh Cook, 3140 team captain and Drive Team member, said about the series of 2-minute, 15-second matches.

In explaining the team’s success in terms of having maximum efficiency and minimal problems with its robot, Sanic m VIII, “In previous years we’ve had a great robot, but we’ve not been able to test it. It’s always been like that one thing hampering us,” said senior Kyle Parsley, 3140 Drive Team driver who also lead the robot building process.

Being able to allow for more test time this year, Parsley added, was made possible because his Flagship team finished its “prototype robot by the third week” of a six-week build period from early January to mid-February. “We just emphasized having simple design and testing all of our ideas out.”
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Family discovering merits of FHS AP/Honors classes

Valerie Thayer, left, a parent seeking more information about AP and Honors courses at Farragut High School, speaks with Lindsey Smith, a 12th-grade AP English Literature and Composition teacher at FHS, during AP/Honors Night in the school’s Commons Tuesday evening, March 10. Educators touting the value of taking and passing advanced placement high school courses — more opportunities to attend nationally renown universities, earn additional scholarship dollars, college credit and become better prepared for the rigors of college — have the Dresen family’s attention.

Ron and Anita Dresen of Farragut said oldest daughter, Alyssa Dresen (a 2009 Farragut High School graduate and 2013 graduate of Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa), and her two younger brothers each took “a few” AP courses. All three are on their way, based on excellent grades according to Anita, toward successful careers.

However, their youngest child, Farragut Middle School eighth-grader Maddie, “Will take everything, she’s very excited to take AP classes,” Anita added. “She’s looking forward to them and looking forward to be challenged.
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