Friday, November 8, 2013

Congratulations to Parker High School's Chess and Robotics Clubs!

Score a twofer for Parker High School’s Bob Getka, who teaches AP Computer Science, Computer Science and Computer Programming.  In his spare time, Bob is the faculty advisor for Parker’s Chess Club, Computer Club and Robotics Club. The Chess and Robotics clubs recently earned state and national recognition, and I wanted to pass those awards on to you.

Parker HS Chess Club

First, the Chess Club participated in the Wisconsin Open Tournament and all four team members came home with trophies. Savannah Evans was number one in the unrated female category; Chris Hanson also earned a number one ranking in the unrated male category; Bobby Getka earned a number 2 in unrated male and Tim Cawkins took home a number three trophy in the unrated male category.

A big “Hats Off” to Savannah, Chris, Bobby and Tim.  They have not only demonstrated personal high achievement, but have earned high honors for Parker and the School District of Janesville.

Parker HS Robotics Club

The Programming Team on Parker’s Robotics Club took Top 20 honors nationally at the 3D Zero Robotics individual team competition. The team members are:
Alex Lippincott
Jeremy Watson
Nate Hermanson
Zach Linck
Stephen Presti
Blake Stacks

Based on its recent performance, the Parker team is now the alliance lead of a group of three teams – Parker, a high school team from Virginia and one from California. The alliance will submit its final code on December 15, 2013 and, if it places in the top nine, will move to the final round of competition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in mid-January. We are all cheering for the Parker Robotics Club and hoping it moves on to MIT.

We salute our students on the Parker Chess and Robotics teams, and a big thank you to Bob Getka for all his extra effort and leadership.

Go Vikings!

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