Congratulations to the Syosset High School senior robotics team Syosset Syborgs on winning the Inspire award at the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Competition held at Lynbrook High School in January.

The Inspire award is the highest award presented at the event, given to the team that embodies the spirit of the FIRST Tech Challenge program by serving as a strong ambassador and a role model, exemplifying “gracious professionalism,” teamwork and the ability to effectively communicate with judges regarding its experience and knowledge of the FIRST program. This marks the second consecutive year that the Syborgs have won this award.

Christine Owens coaches the Syborgs, which is comprised of the following Syosset High School students: Daniel Carnesi, John Carnesi, Jason Debel, Michael Hanna, Andre Kirkorian, Cooper Linsky, Anthony Mastino, Roshan Mathai, Ashkan Moghaddassi, Ryan Root, Justin Smith, Chloe Van Dorn, Vicky Zheng and Zouyi Zheng. This year’s FIRST “Relic Recovery” competition enables alliance teams to accumulate points by navigating through specific parts of the playing field and controlling their robots to place glyphs or foam squares into rows, columns, and ciphers. Points are also scored by transferring relics to recovery zones, retrieving jewels and parking robots on balancing stones.

Syosset Syborgs will next compete at the FIRST Tech Challenge championship to be held at Smithtown High School West on Feb. 11.