After winning the Georgia title at the Georgia BEST Robotics Championship on Halloween, the Wheeler High School robotics team, the Circuit Runners, went to Auburn to compete against 55 other championship teams from the Eastern seaboard.
The team won second place for the video design competition, first place for the engineering notebook, first place for the spirit & sportsmanship competition and third place overall for the second consecutive year.
Three Georgia teens are among the 143 — from a field of 4,000 — selected as America’s best young artists by YoungArts, the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.
The trio will now travel to Miami next month for the final rounds. They are:
Drew Dickerson of Cumming, Forsyth Central High, finalist in writing.
Aaron Starkey of Johns Creek, Chattohoohee High, finalist in visual arts.
Alexander Vollmer of Marietta, Pebblebrook High, finalist in voice.
The judging process during YoungArts Week in Miami will determine who will become Gold and Silver winners and travel to New York in the spring for the In the Studio series, an additional week of workshops, collaborative performances and exhibitions. Gold winners receive $10,000 and Silver winners receive $5,000. Additionally, awards ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 are presented to students exhibiting excellence in their discipline.
The 2010 Presidential Scholars in the Arts, an award given at the White House with the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center and exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will also come from this pool of 143 students.
Congratulations to Wheeler, a school that continues to lead in science excellence, and to the three artists.