WHS Junior Wins National Award First at Tech Challenge Robotics Competition

Andrew Kinneer

Andrew Kinneer, junior

Waukee High School junior, Andrew Kinneer, won a national Dean’s List Award in the First Tech Challenge Robotics Competition on May 2, 2020. This award celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary and is awarded to 10 kids nationally.

Thousands of FIRST® students, parents, mentors, coaches, volunteers, and community members from all over the world tuned in to FIRSTtv to watch the FIRST Virtual Showcase presented by Qualcomm. The FIRST Virtual Showcase served as an online gathering for the FIRST community to recognize achievements of FIRST teams, mentors, and volunteers from the FIRST® RISESM, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, season. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and with the health and safety of its community top of mind, FIRST suspended its 2019-20 competition season in March and canceled its international FIRST Championship events. This would have been the Circuit Breakers’ third trip in three years to the World Championships.  The Circuit Breakers, team 10435 won the First Tech Challenge state championship this year and set a world record score.

Congratulations on a great season!


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  • Sam Otis
  • Brenden Hinspeter
  • Jacob Holtz
  • Yaaseen Basha
  • Payson Burkle
  • Arjun Thattankandy
  • Adi Hazan
  • Andrew Ahrenkiel
  • Andrew Kinneer
  • Cory Allison
  • Drew Darnell

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