MCS celebrates success in Technology Awards Day

Moore County Schools held its first Technology Awards Day on May 20 to honor the achievements of its students in technology. The keynote address highlighted the growing importance of technology in our daily lives. It explored how disruptive technologies will change the world and the opportunities this presents for young people equipped with the necessary skills and the ambition to pursue them.

During the awards portion of the program, Superintendent Dr. Locklair and Robotics Program Coordinator Will Allred recognized the Byte Bots robotics team from Elise Middle School. The Byte Bots showcased their ingenuity and skill at the district middle school robotics competition on May 10 at Pinecrest High School.

Facing stiff competition from 27 teams comprising over 115 students across the school district, the Byte Bots emerged triumphant as the grand champions, amassing 142 points. Led by their coach, Amanda Britt, the team’s victory is a testament to the power of teamwork, innovation, and perseverance.

Also during the program, Alejandro Posada Ferero was presented with the prestigious Frick Technology Achievement Award. This scholarship program, sponsored by a community patron, Ed Frick, aims to shine a light on the increasingly prominent role of technology in our lives. One graduate with a history of achievement in technology coursework and the drive to succeed in the field is awarded annually. Alejandro, a graduating senior from Union Pines High School, exemplifies these qualities with his unwavering dedication to STEM education and innovation.

MCS celebrates success Technology Awards Day
L to R: Superintendent Dr. Locklair, Alejandro Posada Forero, and Ed Frick

Alejandro’s journey in technology began in middle school, where he honed his robotics and science skills by participating in programs like the First Lego League and Science Olympiad. During high school, he continued to excel, taking advanced math, computer programming, and science courses. He has earned industry-recognized certifications through Moore County Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, including his FAA-issued 107 license for commercial drone operators.

Alejandro was presented with the Frick Award by Locklair and Andrew Lyons on behalf of Moore County Schools and The Public Education Foundation of Moore County. The monetary award is both in recognition of Alejandro’s achievements and an investment to support his future endeavors in the field of technology.

“Moore County Schools remains committed to nurturing and celebrating the talents of its students, empowering them to embrace the endless possibilities that technology offers,” said the school district in a press release.

As Herring reiterated during the event, “New opportunities are coming to North Carolina every day: you just have to go get them. The road to success has never been clearer. You can be Moore County Schools’ next success story.”

“With the continued support of the community and dedicated educators, the future of technology in Moore County shines brighter than ever before,” said the district.

Feature photo: Elise Middle School’s Byte Bots won the district middle school robotics competition on May 10 at Pinecrest High School. L to R: Jocelyn Corona-Gomez, JD Hussey, Adriel Guerra Solorio, Amanda Britt (coach), Dr. Tim Locklair, Mackenzie Robertson, LaciWall, and Rylee Welch.

Contributed/Courtesy photos.

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