SWHS Youth Career Connect

November 2014

YCC Students

Southern Kentucky Robotics Invitational

The Southwestern High School Robotics Team, Thoroughbots Team 3259, attended the first annual Southern Kentucky Robotics Invitational on October 25th. Not only did they compete in the competition but they collaborated with Lynn Camp High School's Robotics Team in helping to organize the event. This was the first event of its kind to be held in Kentucky.
Team 3259 has competed for 5 years and has had many opportunities to travel to such places as Purdue University in Layfayette, Indiana, the Cage Match in Indianapolis, and the national First Robotics Competition Championship in St. Louis, Missouri.
The competition season for 2015 is nearing, and preparation is underway. The team stays after school every Wednesday, in room 252 and practices with engineering mentors Roger Riquelme (SWHS PLTW Engineering Teacher) and Brad Burrows (Science Applications International Corporation--SAIC-- programmer). This year, the team hopes to attend the Smoky Mountains Regional Competition in Knoxville in April.
If you are interested in attending practice, see Roger Riquelme, Tara Phelps, Kristen Montgomery, or just come to room 252 on Wednesdays after school.

YCC Student Spotlight

Lance Hall is an 11th grade student at SWHS. Lance is an excellent representative of the YCC program and its goal to help students expand their horizons and work with mentors in their anticipated field of study. Lance is a member of the Robotics Team 3259 at SWHS, the Thoroughbots, and stays for practice almost every Wednesday after school.
He gets the opportunity to not only work with Engineering teacher Roger Riquelme, but SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) programmer Brad Burrows of Somerset. Lance is not only a dedicated Thoroughbots team member, but an excellent student taking a full load of AP classes. He is even interested in a possible dual-credit opportunity offered through Somerset Community College that will allow him to take EDD (Engineering Design & Development) after school and receive credit both at the high school and college levels. Lance is certainly preparing himself for a successful future!