Bonny Eagle robotics team going to nationals

The Bonny Eagle High School honor flag was recently raised for the Bonny Eagle High School robotics team, who along with Midcoast School of Technology, Team 1276, from Rockland and Milford Area Youth Homeschoolers Enriching Minds, Team 1519 from Milford, N.H., won the BAE Granite State Regional competition on March 2 through March 4 in Manchester, N.H.

This win entitles the Bonny Eagle Robotics Team to participate in the national event in April at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules.

Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in a series of competitions designed by Dean Kamen, Woodie Flowers and a committee of engineers and other professionals. The competition has grown to 1,125 teams competing in 33 regional events with the championship held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta where more than 8,500 high-school-aged young people participate.

The Bonny Eagle Robotics Team is now raising the necessary money to attend this event. They need $21,000 and members of the community can help fundraising efforts by attending their comedy show showcasing many comedians from the Comedy Connection. The show will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, at The Roost in Buxton.

Tickets are $10. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact John DiRenzo at 929-6558 or Michael Matthews at 675-3462.

(The preceding story was provided by Kathy Campbell, the SAD 6 spokeswoman.)

Deister activated for duty

Army National Guard Pfc. Matthew R. Deister has been mobilized and activated for a future deployment to an undisclosed overseas location in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Deister is the son of Richard J. and Barbara A. Deister of Justin Merrill Road.

Pfc. Deister is assigned to the 172nd Mountain Infantry Division in Brewer. He is an infantry truck driver with a year of military service. He graduated in 2004 from Gray New Gloucester High School in Gray.

Operation Iraqi Freedom is the official name given to military operations involving members of the U.S. armed forces and coalition forces participating in efforts to free and secure Iraq.

Robey on dean’s list

Christina Robey has been named to the dean’s list for the winter term at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I.

Robey is pursuing an associate degree in travel tourism management from the Hospitality College at the university.

Owen achieves honors

Christina Owen has earned dean’s list honors at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., for the fall semester.

Cutline (robotics team) – The Bonny Eagle robotics team in the front row are, left to right, (mentors) Ron Garland, Connie Garland, Wayne Roberge, Joyce Matthews, Terri DiRenzo, and Chris Delisle; middle front row, John Direnzo(co-advisor), Michael Matthews (co-advisor), Kevin Stack, Kelly Johnson (captain), Kaitlyn DiRenzo (alumni), Kelly Stone, Kelly Martin, Amanda Roberge, Rick Lovejoy(mentor), and David Johnson(mentor); middle row, Ben Roy (captain), Josiah Plummer, James Havu, Julian Butler, Erik Lovejoy (alumni), Brad Bolton, and Silas Jordan; back row, Justin Fisk, Ian DeLisle, Tyler Farrell, Kyle Durkin, Rob Martin (alumni), and Jonathan Simpson. The Team is sponsored by Eagle Industries, Inc., of Hollis.

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