Robotics teams gear up at state tournament

Carolyn BertschNews, Sartell – St. Stephen0 Comments

photo by Carolyn Bertsch
Avid fans sit at the edge of their front-row seats Jan. 6 in the gymnasium of the Sartell Middle School to watch and discuss each round of the state robotics tournament. They are (left to right) Blake Swenson, 9; Bennett Moe, 8; and Sam Thompson, 9; all of Sartell.

photo by Carolyn Bertsch
Sartell Middle School Kikbots team members Brady Lorette, 12; Branton Larson, 13; and Ben Thompson, 12; prepare their robot for competing Jan. 6 in the state robotics tournament at the Sartell Middle School.

photo by Carolyn Bertsch
“Thumbs-up” are given by two teams competing Jan. 6 during the state robotics tournament at the Sartell Middle School. From left to right are Brady Lorette, 12; Branton Larson, 13; Ben Thompson, 12; all members of the Sartell Middle School Kikbots team, and Jalon Bengston, 13; and Adi Jordan, 11; of South Junior High School, St. Cloud.

Author: Carolyn Bertsch

Bertsch has enjoyed working for the Newsleaders since 2015. She and her husband, Matt, and their three children live in Sartell where they also own and operate Four Seasons Window, Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning. Bertsch is passionate about reading and sharing books. She stewards the “Reads and Seeds and Other Needs” Little Free Library on 8th Ave N in Sartell. The “Other Needs” portion of the little free library was designed to help fulfill the necessities of caring for the poor and homeless. Bertsch has served as a board member of the St. Cloud Salvation Army since 2014 and volunteers weekly at the food shelf located at the shelter. Her hobbies include cooking, baking, and tending to her small backyard orchard where she grows apples, pears, cherries, plums, and apricots. She also enjoys donating her time to take photos for non-profit events. Bertsch believes that every single person can choose to make the world a better place for someone else. At the end of the day the only question that matters is, “What kind of difference did you make?”

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