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story.lead_photo.caption Pictured, left to right, are (front row) Katie Norman, Tom Norman, Elizabeth Attebery, Missy Gunnels, Ryan Attebery, Barbara Pearson; (middle row) Chloe Rowe, Vicki Allison, Maggie Gunnels, Jessie Gunnels, Victoria Allison, Aaron Chen, Jordan Perritt; and (back row) Gwen Gunnels, Brandon Johnson, Jake Williams, Austin Plafcan, Jonathan Stevens, Jerred Massey, Brayden Voss

Columbia Christian School on Nov. 2 participated in the BEST (Boosting Engineering Science & Technology) Robotics competition at Little Rock’s Parkview High School. A team of 20 CCS students, along with help from the SAU Engineering Department, created a robot from scratch to compete against 24 area teams. The Magnolia privat Christian school placed fifth overall. Events included the robot competition, conference exhibit, and engineering notebook.

The school also qualified for entry into the BEST regional competition set for Dec. 5-7 at the University of Texas-Dallas in Frisco, Texas.

The theme this year was “off the grid,” according to the school, where projects were meant to simulate a disaster to a community, including downed power lines and roads littered with debris. The robots were required to deliver equipment for linemen, remove debris, and re-hang power lines.

“Thank you to all of our supporters for the first leg of our journey,” said CCS in a statement this week.

A list of student attendees at Little Rock competition included: seniors Gwen Gunnels, Maggie Gunnels, Katie Norman, Chloe Rowe, Brandon Johnson, Aaron Chen, Ryan Attebery, Austin Plafcan; juniors Jessie Gunnels, Miranda Madden, Brayden Voss, Jake Williams (captain), Jordan Perritt, Jared Massey, Jonathan Stevens; and freshmen Victoria Allison, Elizabeth Attebery, and Missy Gunnels. Sponsors were Vicki Allison and Barbara Pearson.

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