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Dear FIRST family near and far,

The state of Texas has been dealt a terrible blow, one whose effects will be felt deeply by communities throughout South and Central Texas for some time. As the recovery efforts continue and the tough work in the aftermath of this devastating event begins we want to be sure that our Texas teams, schools and community partners know we are here to support their efforts to rebuild.

As such, FIRST in Texas has established the ‘Harvey Fund’. All proceeds will be distributed to Texas teams affected by Hurricane Harvey and can be used for any team and competition related expense for any one of the FIRST four programs.

We ask that you share the following link far and wide – http://firstintexas.org/donate/ – in order to ensure that no team, school or community partner has to choose between an essential need and participation in the upcoming FIRST robotics competitive season. Please give, any amount is welcome and appreciated.

It is times like these when community matters most, let’s show our South and Central Texas FIRST​ ​family that we are here for them no matter how great the challenge; we will get through it together.

Be safe and well,
Christine Pollei
President/Executive Director, FIRST in Texas
FIRST in Texas
South IH-35, Suite 200-263
Round Rock, Texas 78664
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Two Madison teams took top honors as first- and second-place winners at the FIRST LEGO League or FLL Alabama State Championship.

Robots were racing to complete missions and navigate obstacles at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center for the state tournament on March 4. At earlier regional tournaments, 36 teams qualified from across Alabama and met for a fun and challenging day of STEM competition and robot games, robotics parent volunteer Pam Bourque said.

Motorized Mayhem, an independent team consisting of students and alumni from St. John the Baptist Catholic School, was named Alabama Grand Champion. They will represent Alabama at the FLL World Competition in Houston, Texas on April 19-22.

Motorized Mayhem includes team members Matthew Freestone, Joseph Groger, Remy Patin, Kate Petersen, Bennett Rigby, Zoe Patin, Julia Freestone, Audrey Groger and Lilly Butler. Max Patin and Todd Freestone coach the team.

Gregg Parker @ themadisonrecord.com
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