Robotics team wins Remote Operated Vehicle Competition

This is the second time Cornerstone Academy has won the title.


Cornerstone Robotics Team at MATE: From left, Hunter Swoyer, David Shepard, David Ku, John Marchand, David Sorrels, Brad King, Josh Davis and David Spencer.

Special to The Sun
Published: Monday, June 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 11:02 p.m.

The Cornerstone Academy Robotics Team won the 2009 Florida Regional Remote Operated Vehicle Competition, the second time the school has won the title.

Team members are John Marchand, Brad King, David Spencer, Josh Davis, David Shepard, David Sorrels, David Ku and Hunter Swoyer. Team advisor is Jeff Knack.

The local team placed first in the Electronics Research and Experimentation event and will go on to the 2009 National TSA Conference in Denver later this month. The team also was a finalist in the Systems Control Technology event.

The win qualified the team for the 2009 International ROV Competition at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy later this month.

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Christopher John Matthews, a medical student at the University of Florida, is one of 26 students to receive a junior scholarship from the American Kennel Club.

The scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000. Applicants are evaluated on academic history and involvement in the sport of purebred dogs. They also are required to submit an essay describing the significance of the sport in their lives and ways in which they have been an ambassador for purebred dogs in their schools and communities.

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Students from Lincoln Middle School competing in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl won $500 for the school with a third place finish in the model car racing competition.

The team included: David Liu, eighth grade; Kyung-seok Oh, seventh grade; Emilie Song, eighth grade; Keshav Vemuri, eighth grade; and Robin Xu, seventh grade.

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Farm Credit of North Florida recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to five area students.

The recipients are:

Adam Cook of Trenton, the son of Jack and Marsha Cook. Cook is a graduate of Santa Fe College and plans to attend the University of Florida to study agricultural operations and management.

Mark Hammond of Alachua, the son of Al and Donna Hammond. A Santa Fe College graduate, Hammond is currently studying forest resource and conservation at UF.

Tyler Johnson, son of Chad and Angela Johnson, is an upcoming graduate of Chiefland High School. He plans to enter UF in the fall to study entomology.

Zachary Lassiter, son of Glenn and Diane Lassiter of Jacksonville, is a home-school senior and is dual enrolled at Florida Community College.

Grace Parker is the daughter of Lowery and Denise Parker of Bryceville. After graduating from Life Christian School, she plans to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga., to study agricultural business.

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Air Force Capt. Jodi M. Henderson of Keystone Heights was recently awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Henderson, a UF graduate, was recognized for her service as the Air Operations and Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Coordinator, Special Operations Command and Control Element, Headquarters International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Capt. Henderson is the daughter of Annie Henderson of Keystone Heights.

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