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Acrobats Woodie Lei Safety Stack

With one world championship winding down, it was time for the next one to get into full swing. Several FRC students met with the rest of the group and prepared to travel to Branson Missouri for a little fun before the FIRST Championship. A quick ten hour drive later and the Hawaiian Kids were ready to have a good time in Branson. The next day was filled with lots of go-karts, shopping, Krispy Kreme, and other fun activities to relax before the stress of the Championship. The following day, the team visited the original Bass Pro Shop and then finished up the road trip in St. Louis the day before the real work began.

Wednesday was a surprisingly busy day. First events usually run thursday through saturday with thursday being practice day. At the Championship there is an extra half day of qualification matches because of how large the event is. Wednesday started out with a very abnormal museum visit at the St. Louis city museum  and then the team went to the Hall of Fame pizza party at the competition venue. After the pits opened to everybody it was time to retrofit the new robot components and get inspected for the following day.

Thursday and Friday were comprised of Qualification matches that went generally well for the Hawaiian Kids. With the system this year being the average score the team earns in these matches one match can hurt a team for their final rankings. That is exactly what happened in the first match where human error caused a score of 20 to weigh on the average ranking score for the team. The team slowly climbed back to a decent seed with well played matches until they reached 11th place in the final rankings.

Saturday started out with Alliance selections where the Hawaiian Kids were selected by our friends at Team 368 Kika Mana (who were the fourth seed). For later picks we also added Team 337 and Team 144 to our alliance. the quarter finals were challenging but the alliance advanced into the semis with the highest average score. The semifinals were great matches and the alliance came out with the second highest average and the highest match score. For the first time ever the Hawaiian Kids advanced to the division finals. The finals came down to two nail biting matches in which the fourth seed came out on top, won the Carver division, and advanced to the Einstein field. Einstein was an incredibly fun experience for the team and even after being eliminated in the quarterfinals on einstein (seeding sixth) the final matches were a blast to watch and the team was able to get up close and personal being about ten feet away from the field. First Championship proved to be thrilling experience for rookies and veterans alike. On April 26th the team took two quick flights home and got home in time for school on monday. The Hawaiian Kids were thrilled to be so successful at Champs and are determined to try and repeat for next year.

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