Smart humans in our midst

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IMG_0873I stopped to watch the Warren Harding “Delphi Elite” robotics team compete yesterday at the high school. It is something I’ve been meaning to do for quite a while and I now realize how much I’ve been missing. I was lucky to meet Eugene Mach (right) as soon as I entered the gym; he gave me a great tour of the competition area and a strong sales pitch for what a tremendous community asset the team represents.

Eugene is a Business, Technology and College Access teacher at Harding, as well as an advisor to the team. Pictured with him is Asia Crabill, a junior at Harding and a very enthusiastic team member.

This team may be the most successful organization in our city. They were National Champions in 1999, won Ohio State Championships in 2013 and 2014, and were runners-up in the state last year. The 2016 season starts in January. The team has up to 100 members and a 100% graduation rate. You wouldn’t believe what these kids are able to make machines do if you don’t see it with your own eyes. (below) It was especially good to see so many alumni of the team back in the gym yesterday encouraging and supporting the current team.

IMG_0874Harding won the exhibition match yesterday, which included 20 teams from the Valley and several other states. I’ll keep you posted about upcoming events in future posts.

By the way, Eugene Mach (who I’d never met until yesterday) is also the Democratic nominee in the 7th Ward Warren City Council race on November 3rd. He is exactly the kind of person we need to have involved in local civic affairs. If you are a citizen of the 7th Ward I hope you will give him your vote.

Posted Sunday, September 27th, 2015 under Community organizations, Events, Uncategorized, Warren people.

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