Monday, April 25, 2016 08:00 AM


Megan Walker, a senior at Southeast Whitfield High School, along with several other members of the Career Academy’s FIRST Robotics Competition Team, will miss prom on Saturday.

The team, known as the Career Blazers Fighting Mongooses, won the All-Star Rookie competition at the FIRST Robotics state championship in Athens on April 16 and on Tuesday leaves for the World FIRST Robotics Championships in St. Louis, Mo., which will feature 180 teams from seven countries. The Fighting Mongooses is the only first-year team from Georgia competing.

FIRST is an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

 Lizette Porras, also a senior at Southeast, said they are missing prom for a good reason.

“It’s so worth it, we’re going to compete with people from all over the world, plus we’ll have a ‘robo prom’ there, that’s amazing,” she said.

All juniors and seniors will have a prom at The Arch, the famous landmark in St. Louis.

Other members of the team from Southeast are Betzy Cruz, Kim Huynh, Rosio Martinez, Anson McGinnis and RJ Walker, all freshmen, and Mari Martinez, a senior.

From Coahulla Creek High School are sophomore Xavier Holland, senior Elijah Pemberton and junior Deva Sabnathan.

Brandon Herman is a senior at Northwest Whitfield High ...

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