Commissioners congratulate robotic teams in county

Etowah County Commissioners welcomed members of the robotics teams from Duck Springs Elementary School and Ivalee Elementary School during Tuesday’s meeting.

Both teams, alongside Etowah Middle School’s team, will be traveling to Dallas in May to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship.

“These kids are the best of the best that we have here in Etowah County,” said Etowah County Schools Superintendent Dr. Alan Cosby, “These schools have done a fabulous job over the last several years in developing our teams into a program that is cutting-edge, and preparing their kids for a career in technical studies later on.”

Duck Springs Principal Suzanne Nance said this will be the school’s fourth time to compete at the world level of competition.

“We’re proud of that and excited,” Nance said, “The kids have worked really hard and have put in a lot of hours after school every Wednesday or during the school day. We’ve had a tremendous amount of community support for these kids and that has meant a lot. “

Ivalee Elementary Principal Jenny Clough-Ryles said the school has raised a lot of money to get their kids to Dallas for the competition, much of it thanks to help from commissioners.

“They’re very excited to be able to compete,” she said. “This is our third time going to the world competition. I’m thrilled to have them here.”

Dr. Etowah County Commissioners alongside Etowah County Schools Superintendent Dr.  Alan Cosby and members of the Etowah County School Board and the Ivalee Elementary School robotics team.

Commissioners spoke highly about the accomplishments of all three robotics teams, citing these students as the future of the county.

“We’ve got some really good things coming to Gadsden State when it comes to the technology field, and these are the people who will be making that a success in the future,” said Commissioner Tim Ramsey.

“Investing your time into technology is a worthwhile investment for your time and can be a great career,” added Joey Statum.

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