Vicki Garrett, year in and year out has produced top award winners at the district and state level. This year was no exception.
The MHS Animatronics team of Erika Pereda, Josh Peacock, and Daniel Tillman, built and programmed a talking alligator that earned first place in the state-wide competition. Those students had the opportunity to showcase their skills and award-winning project to Superintendent Larry Moore and Principal Hunter Nolen. Daniel Tillman and Erika Pereda designed the museum style animatronic alligator named Missy, that is short for Alligator Mississippiensis, using a VEX IQ robot system, an iPhone, and a hydraulic system. Fellow classmate, Josh Peacock helped program Missy using RobotC. Daniel and Pereda plan to take Missy to area elementary schools to promote interest in the MHS Engineering Academy and STEM. Missy will also be entered into the TSA National Competition in Orlando on June 21-25, 2017.
The MHS TSA VEX Robotic team one and team two both placed in the top ten for Robotic Excellence and Programming Skills. Team one placed second and team two placed fourth. Team one is comprised of Triston Arroyo, Trevor Brogdon, and Alex Monteagudo. Team two is Katie Foster and Josh Peacock.
Garrett could not be more proud of her students, “They are an outstanding team. They worked really, really hard and I can’t begin to say how many hours they put in on getting it all together and programming it. What is unique about Daniel Tillman was his sister Megan Tillman won first place in state in architectural design her senior year in 2013. These students really are a pleasure to teach and to work with every day. They have a thirst for knowledge and it shows in their work and the rewards they are receiving. I am also very proud of the Robotic teams. They had a very good showing and did well at State.”
Principal Hunter Nolen was equally impressed and proud of his students and teacher, “This program has shown the sky’s the limit. Each year, they compete and I am amazed at the knowledge they have and the projects they build. Mrs. Garrett has done a fantastic job with those students and they love what they are doing. They make MHS proud and I am very proud of them.”