Melissa ISD Robotics Team Make It 3 In A Row


The Melissa High School robotics team has qualified for the UIL Robotics state championship after being named the regional runner-up at the CoCoBEST Robotics tournament last weekend. This is Melissa’s third consecutive year to qualify for state robotics.

October 28 | Melissa ISD

The team competed against 30 schools at the CoCoBEST tournament, hosted at Ereckson Middle School in Allen, and stayed in the top 10 for most of the day. Zach Butterfield, Tyler King, Micah Berger, Blaise Nkeme, Daniel Call, and Matt Tieney were the robot drivers. The team made changes to the robot and devised new strategies as they advanced in the tournament.

Melissa entered the semi-finals in fifth place and by the end of the finals, the team had advanced to second place in the robotics division, earning enough BEST points to qualify for state.

“This is the best finish the Melissa robotics team has had,” said coach Rick Gagarin. “The team as a whole really shined during the entire competition. I’m hoping that ‘the third time’s a charm’ happens for them at state. These kids work hard and deserve to hopefully place high at state this year.”

Maddie Coe, Director of Communications