Panther Accolades: Robotics Competition, Equestrian Team

Posted October 21, 2019

Congratulations to these Plymouth High School students on their recent recognitions!

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Plymouth High School placed third at the recent FANUC Team Robotics Competition.

FANUC Team Robotics Competition

A team of PHS students finished third out of 23 teams from 15 schools from across the state at the inaugural FANUC Team Robotics Competition.

Jacob Ashworth, Kyle Kraus and Alex Oty represented PHS at the event, held Oct. 10 during the Wisconsin Manufacturing and Technology Trade Show at State Fair Park in Milwaukee.

Students were given three hours to complete a set of tasks on a FANUC LR Mate 200iD education robot. The tasks are aligned to foundational knowledge taught in FANUC’s coursework. The competition included program planning, end-of-arm tooling selection, and robot programming. Teams were judged by a panel of experts on their ability to complete the objective, as well as on efficiency, teamwork, and robotics knowledge.

Lab Midwest, which sponsored the event with FANUC, thanked those who participated. “It was a great week that showed employers what a talented group of individuals we have in our Wisconsin high schools. The level of teamwork, creativity, perseverance and problem-solving skills exhibited this week was first-rate. Your teachers, parents and schools should be proud of the work you did and in the time you spent preparing for this competition.”

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Members of the Plymouth Equestrian Team include, front row from left, Julia Mulder, Lauren Wagner, Rachel Stokdyk, team manager Shane Hansen, Kinsey Ninnemann, Claire Mulder, and Jessy Pritzlaff; back row from left, Matthew Brix, Cady Ninnemann, Ava Marx, Hollee Kaiser, Jamie Hansen, and Mitchell Krueger.

Plymouth Equestrian Team

The Plymouth Equestrian Team, a recognized group at PHS that shows horses at Wisconsin Interscholastic Horseman’s Association events, is headed back to state competition.

WIHA includes more than 75 teams from all over Wisconsin, divided into regions. Each team competes in regional shows against other similarly sized teams in standardized classes consisting of showmanship (showing a pattern in hand), equitation (showing a pattern riding), reinsmanship (showing a pattern driving a cart), and speed events (barrels, poles, etc). Judging is on the rider, not the horse. 

The Plymouth team won the Division A regional competition held Sept. 28-29 in Oshkosh, qualifying for state competition Oct. 25-27 in Madison. 

Under WIHA rules, teams are comprised of students in grades 6 through 12 and open to anyone in the school district, including those attending parochial schools or who are home schooled. The Plymouth team includes students from PHS, Riverview and St. John the Baptist School and consists of Matthew Brix, Jamie Hansen, Hollee Kaiser, Mitchell Krueger, Ava Marx, Claire Mulder, Julia Mulder, Cady Ninnemann, Kinsey Ninnemann, Jessy Pritzlaff, Rachel Stokdyk, Claire Strehlow, and Lauren Wagner. Advisor is PHS agriscience teacher Tracy Heinbuch.

This is the second year in a row that the Plymouth team has won its regional competition and advanced to state. The team placed fourth at state last year in Division B.


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