Cedartown DawgBots celebrate victory

The Cedartown DawgBots took first place in the Core Values portion of the TVA First Lego League Regional Tournament in Rossville

A local elementary school robotics team competed recently and came up with a first place win in one category, making them eligible to move onto the next round.

Last week on Tuesday, the Cedartown DawgBots took first place in the Core Values portion of the TVA First Lego League Regional Tournament in Rossville.

This portion of the tournament tested the team’s work skills and communication. The trophy is on display at Northside Elementary, where the public will be able to see it during visits to the school following the return of school in January.

The Cedartown DawgBots also have qualified for Super Regionals. They’ll be attending the Super Regionals on Jan. 13 in Chattanooga at Chattanooga Community College.

The Cedartown Dawg­­Bots are made up of fifth and sixth grade students and are coached by Lawana Gurley and Joshua Bearden.

The team started out last year as the Northside DawgBots and have helped build the robotics program at Northside Elementary, but has now expanded with middle school participants as well.

“Everyone is very proud of these students and we look forward to seeing these students compete at Super Regionals on January 13, 2017,” Bearden said in an email about the team’s win last week. “The DawgBots would like to say thank you to our sponsors, which includes HON, PCCA, Home Depot, Miura, Kimoto Tech, Waste Industries, Georgia Power, Kellogg’s, and Jefferson Southern, and our parents and school administration for making our success possible.”