FTC robotics teams from Rancho Santa Fe earn awards at Dec. 7 robotics competition

Three rookie robotics teams from R. Roger Rowe Middle School garnered awards during a Dec. 7 First Tech Challenge Robotics Qualifying Tournament.

As semifinal rounds took place, the RSF Intergalactic Dragons garnered enough points to place second overall and move on to the alliance rounds. The Dragons are James Busby, Conrad Delgado, Aaron Lustig, Lucas Luwa and Justin Yu.

During the finals, the Dragons partnered with the RSF Portal Pounders: Katherine Arnold, Tyler Bovenzi, Grayson Hudgens, DJ Nelson, Gabrielle Nguyen and Brandon Wong. Together, they won their semifinal match against the third place alliance teams and nearly nudged out the first place alliance teams in an exciting final match.

The RSF Intercontinental Ballistic Ninjas are Erika Adams, Jimmy Bortree, Jasmine King, Alex Lillian and Aria Mojaver. They received the competition’s “Motivate Award.” This judged award celebrates the team that exemplifies the essence of the FTC competition through team building, team spirit and enthusiasm. They celebrate their team, their individuality and their spirit.

The next qualifying tournament is Dec. 13 at the Escondido Charter High School. For information about the school’s FTC robotics program, contact David Warner at