Ocosta robotics team qualifies for nationals

The Daily World

Westport’s 4-H Ocosta Robotics team, Fishy Business, Inc., had an impressive performance at the FTC West Super Regionals the weekend of March 4 and has qualified to compete at the FTC World Championship on April 19-22 in Houston, Texas.

Only five teams in Washington state have qualified to attend the FTC World Championship and the Westport team is from the smallest city of the five qualified to go, which leads to complications with fundraising efforts.

Time is a factor. Teams planning to participate in Houston must register and remit their non-refundable $1,000 registration fee no later than March 24. The team can’t afford to lose that $1,000 so it must determine whether or not it can raise enough money to send students to the competition by then. The team estimates it needs to raise approximately $7,500 to send a minimal crew to compete. Sending the entire team would cost an additional $5,000.

Donations may be sent to Ocosta Robotics, P.O. Box 1280, Westport, WA 98595 or visit their GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/ftc11121worlds.

Team members include seniors Enapay Croy, Aaron Doull and Kaylie Prieur; junior Kaden Smith; freshmen Evan Smith, Samatha Starkey and Markay Williams and 7th grader Jayson Davidson.