Sea Perch 2016

Northumberland participates in National SeaPerch Competition
Posted on 05/21/2016
Team Green Marine

Two Northumberland Middle School students competed in the National SeaPerch Challenge at Louisiana State University this passed weekend!  After qualifying for Nationals at the District Competition at UMW in April, Luke Swann, a 6th grader, and Chase Kitchen, a 7th grader, were eager to take their self-built remote operated vehicle (ROV) to LSU to try to bring home a National Title! Overall, The National SeaPerch Challenge at LSU was a success!  Calling themselves "Team Green Marine" because they modified their SeaPerch ROV to be Indians Green and Gold, the boys competed in three portions of the overall challenge  including the poster/presentation, an under-water orbs challenge, and an underwater rings obstacle course. The boys made the Top 10 finalists, placing 7th out of 96 middle school teams for their poster/presentation portion of the competition! Though they didn't get a trophy, they placed 18th overall and kept up amazingly for their first year!  Considering they come from a small, rural school and competed against huge schools & teams from Texas, Hawaii, Australia, the Cayman Islands, New Jersey, Naval Academies, Department of Defense schools and more, Luke and Chase are thrilled with their standings!  The boys are already talking about how they can make their SeaPerch faster and better next year!  They would like to give a huge thanks to their ATAG teacher, Shauna McCranie, the NCPS School Board Office, Northumberland Middle School, NAPS, Dahlgren, their families and all of their supporters that helped them get to LSU!  It was certainly a fantastic experience full of memories for these two young men.

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