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CKMS Team Reaches State Final in Robotics Competition

Congratulations to the Chief Kanim Middle School Hawkbots Robotics team which qualified for state finals in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics competition. They are now preparing for the state event on January 31, which will take place at ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington.

CKMS students on the Hawkbots team include (alphabetically): 7th graders Devin Dolecki, Manjesh Puram, Hari Rathnam, Aayush Sing, Brad Smith and Acchindra Thev; plus 6th graders Michael Albert and Zain Khahi.
Out of the 123 teams from across Washington State that competed, the Hawkbots team is among just 32 teams to qualify for the state finals.

The qualification to compete at the state level was based on multiple factors of: robot performance, engineering work, outreach efforts, students’ abilities to work as a team, and gracious professionalism.

CKMS Technology Teacher Erin Kavanaugh and parents Mark Dolecki and Ram Rathnam are coaches of the Hawkbot team.
“We wouldn’t have made it this far without the excellent support from the district, PTSA and Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation,” explained Coach Rathnam. “On behalf of all the parents as well as students, we really appreciate the time and energy Ms. Kavanaugh and Mr. Warren are putting in towards ROBOTICS in the district. As a parent, I feel we are really blessed to have such a wonderful and committed staff.”