PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Charlotte High School's Tarpon Robotics team will make a trip to San Antonio, Texas next week, after scoring high at the USFirst FTC State Robotics Championships at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Saturday, February 1.

2nd year team, FTC6451 had a 5 win and 1 loss record for the main day tournament, earning them a 4th place ranking out of 24 teams.

They were ranked 16th in the State coming into the event. With the high rank in the State Tournament, they earned a trip to the South Super-Regional Championship in San Antonio February 26-28.

The students involved are all sophomores: Marc Sukennikoff, J.J. Trentacosta, Christian Lombardi, Stephanie Nardi, Tyler Mitchell.

In addition, the team also won the Promote award. This award is given to the team that is most successful in creating a compelling video message for the public designed to change our culture and celebrate science, technology, engineering and math.

“It’s an honor to represent the State of Florida as one of the top 10 teams competing in Texas. I’m very surprised we qualified and did so well in our second year competing in FTC. I know the kids look forward to the challenge. Our hard work and dedication has paid off tremendously," said robotics coach Chris George.

The three day tournament will feature 71 teams from 12 states in region.

If the Tarpon team finishes in the top third, it will advance to the FTC World Championship on April 23-26, 2014, at the Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Mo. 128 FTC teams advance from Super-Regional Championships and International Tournaments to the World Championship and competed for the top spots in FTC. 

To donate and help the students make their trip to Texas next week, contact Charlotte High School at (941) 575-5450 ext. 1120 or Chris George at tarponroboticsftc6451@gmail.com.