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Liberty JROTC Students Win Underwater ROV Competition

Posted by Devin Felix on 10 May, 2019

A team of students from Liberty High's Navy JROTC Company won the Kitsap Regional SeaPerch Underwater ROV Challenge April 27! What does that mean? It means they're really good at building and piloting underwater vehicles.

Here's how SeaPerch works: Each team builds an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), learning a lot about science and engineering along the way. The competition first consists of a brief technical presentation where participants explain to the judges how they built their vehicle, how they overcame challenges, and what they learned. Then they put their machines through two underwater competitions in a swimming pool: An obstacle course and a challenge course. This year's event took place at Olympic High School.

In the obstacle course, the pilot must navigate a course as quickly as possible through hoops and other obstacles. In the mission course, they carry out a simulated search and rescue operation. This year's contest was inspired by the efforts to rescue the group of boys trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand in 2018. When the scores were all tallied, Liberty's Patriot Company team came out on top, beating out 17 other high school teams! They also managed to win an optional extra event, where they had to use the ROV to pick up rings from the bottom of the pool.

By winning the regional competition, Liberty's team qualified for the National SeaPerch Challenge coming up June 1-2 in Maryland. Congratulations, and good luck Patriots!

The team members are: Timothy Caole, Faith Ellis, Dominic Ogino, Evan Rosenfelt, Kaitlin Lew, Mathea Caole, Sofia VanHuss, and Carson Tucker