The Robo T-Wolves of Thelma R. Salinas eagerly walked into their first competition with high hopes. This was the first year the robotics team participated. On January 15th, the team of 16 competed at Alton Memorial Jr High School and triumphed over the competition by earning first place. This accomplishment opened the doors for entry into the league championships.

“At our first meet, we didn’t know what to expect, nonetheless we tried our best,” Engineering instructor and Robotics coach, Jesus Ruiz said. After enduring long hours of practice, the T-Wolves returned on January 27 to Alton Memorial, the location where the championships were held, and placed 2nd. This position elevated the T-Wolves to the semifinals and allowed them to become eligible to compete in a historic event on February 16 and 17 at the Alamo First Tech Challenge Regional Championship at Vandegrift High School in Austin.

“It’s astounding how they did well enough to advance to the meet at Austin,” said Thelma Salinas Principal, Dalee Garcia. What was once a blurry future has now become a vision of extraordinary opportunity.  Their first goal was Austin, and now their eyes are set on Georgia, which is the next level of robotic competitions.”