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Robotic rewards

President Philomena V. Mantella awarded scholarships to two high school seniors at the FIRST Robotics district competition held March 26 at the Fieldhouse on the Allendale Campus.

Jordan Gabrielse, from South Christian High School, and Adam Kroese, from East Grand Rapids High School, have been accepted at Grand Valley and expressed interest in pursuing engineering. Both students have been actively involved in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics throughout middle and high school.

President Mantella on right stands with a high school student holding a big scholarship check
Adam Kroese, from East Grand Rapids High School, stands with President Philomena V. Mantella at the FIRST Robotics competition March 26 in the Fieldhouse. Kroese earned one of two scholarships to Grand Valley.
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student holds big scholarship check, his parents are on either side of him
Jordan Gabrielse, from South Christian High School, expressed interest in pursuing engineering at Grand Valley.
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Nearly 40 teams from across Michigan competed in the three-day event. It was the first in-person FIRST Robotics competition at GVSU since 2019.

The team from Fremont finished in first place, followed by Allendale and Zeeland. Full results and other awards are listed online. Winning teams advance to the state championship in Saginaw April 13-16.

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Students are guided by teachers and industry mentors.
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Team of students in red shirts in front of a banner, FIRST
The Allendale High School team is pictured.
Image Credit: Tanner Hamilton