This Week In Pictures: Annual Senior Mother Son Breakfast

Mother son BreakfastThe Seniors had a pleasant morning as they had Breakfast with their Mothers and mother like figures.

Robotics Team Advances to Worlds After Strong Showing at Regionals


On Thursday, April 6th, the Boys’ Latin Robotics team left for Virginia Commonwealth University to compete in regionals, hoping to make it to worlds again.  

“I believe our chances of winning the competition are very high,” said junior Wayne Garrus III. “If we work on our communication, we will do great.”

“We need to work on the shooter of the robot. That, along with a better gear pickup, and we will qualify for worlds,” added senior captain Noah Vilceus. “We probably need to finish in the top 20 to qualify for worlds.”

The team finished in 27th after their robot broke down in the quarterfinals, but still managed enough points to qualify for worlds!

“The robot had to place a gear on a peg, shoot balls into a high basket, and climb up a rope during the match,” said senior captain Ryan Trupia.

“It was stressful to watch all the other teams and how good they were,” said freshman Stephan Davis. “They seemed like they were much more prepared than us, but it was also exciting to see them compete.”

“I’m really excited to go to worlds,” said Garrus. “The competition is great there and it is a lot of fun to see all the robots from around the world.”

“It feels great,” said Trupia. “It feels like all the time and effort we put into this robot paid off and it is very satisfying.”

“I feel strongly about our robot and I think that there is a chance [to win worlds] if we perform to our best level,” said Trupia.

As the team gets ready to go to St. Louis to compete in worlds, they are also fine tuning the robot to make sure it is ready.

“If we want to improve the robot, the gear boxes for the drivetrain need to be replaced or fixed along with gear pickup,” said Trupia. “We also need to fix internal communication problems so we can work better as a team.”

Green Day Takes the Stage at the Verizon Center

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Green Day performed at the Verizon Center on March 13th, 2017, and I was lucky enough to see them.

Their performance started off with the song “Know Your Enemy” which is off of their 2009 album “21st Century Breakdown.” This song was a great opener, getting the crowd and the band pumped up.

The band then moved forward with two songs off of their new album, “Revolution Radio” (album), “Bang Bang”, and “Revolution Radio” (song). These two songs work perfectly together to introduce the audience to the new material while simultaneously pumping up the crowd even more.

The band then proceeded to play some hits off of their 2004 album “American Idiot.” These songs were “Holiday,” “Letterbomb,” and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”

“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” really stood out to me among the set not only because it is one of my favorites by the band, but also because they played the first verse and chorus acoustically letting the audience sing.

The band then spent most of the rest of the show playing hits from the 90s such as: “Longview,” “When I Come Around,” “Basket Case,” and “She” with a couple of newer tracks riddled throughout.

Another standout moment of the concert was when the band brought up a 16-year-old girl to play guitar with the band to a cover of Operation Ivy’s song, “Knowledge.” After she finished the song, the band let her keep the guitar.

The band finished off the main set with two songs from their new album called “Still Breathing” and “Forever Now.”

“Still Breathing” is my personal favorite song from “Revolution Radio” and had the entire audience shouting along with Billie Joe Armstrong as he sang.

“Forever Now” is a six-minute long track that wasn’t my favorite when listening to the album; however, listening to it live was a completely different experience. Green Day pulled off the transitions into the different movements perfectly and really made me appreciate the epic song.

The band then came on for an encore and played “American Idiot” and fan favorite “Jesus of Suburbia.” “American Idiot” was awesome, but “Jesus of Suburbia” was unreal.

“Jesus of Suburbia” is a nine-minute long song with five different movements that the band transitions through perfectly. The only way I can do this song justice is to tell you to find a live performance on YouTube and you will get half of the experience I had seeing it live.

Armstrong then came out with an acoustic guitar and played the songs “Ordinary World” off of Revolution Radio and “Good Riddance (time of your life)” off of 1997’s “Nimrod.”

“Good Riddance” happens to be my favorite song and is always the last song at a Green Day concert. The experience I had watching my favorite band play my favorite song will probably not be matched ever again.

The concert was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and I recommend that if you are into rock music, it is a must to go see this band perform because it is something special.

This Week in Pictures: Robotics Team Wins Districs

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The Robotics Team won Districts in Edgewater, Maryland over the weekend.

Photo courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/boyslatinrobotics2534/

BL Robotics Team Competes in Blacksburg, Va

On March 3rd, the Boys’ Latin Robotics team traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia to compete in the CHS-Southwest Virginia Event.

“The robot had to deliver gears to a peg that was in the middle of the field. That was the big thing along with climbing a rope and shooting a basketball. The hardest was probably the shooting, but it didn’t really matter because no one could do it,” said senior Robotics captain Alex Young.

“We placed 11th out of 36. I’m not super happy, but I’m ok with it. I feel like we could have done a little better if some things had happened differently,” said Young.

It’s clear the team was expecting to do better than they did, but a multitude of communication errors hindered the team in the quarter-finals.

“Our biggest downfall was a combination of unexpected changes to the field elements along with errors from our drive team,” said senior Robotics captain Josiah Bedford.

This is not the only competition the Robotics team will be participating in this season, so they have time to fix the problems they had with the robot.

“We’re definitely going to have to work more on hanging and less on climbing the walls. We also need to communicate more because that cost us a few matches,” said Young.

The team has been practicing after school for seven days a week since January 7th to finish the Robot, and they are willing to put more time into certain aspects of the robot as the season continues.

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Senior Noah Vilceus controls the robot.

“Right now we are re-engineering our hang mechanism and our gear pickup system for a faster and more efficient way to compete which should increase our score next time,” said Bedford.

The team went to worlds two years ago and are trying to repeat that feat again.

“Going to worlds sophomore year was awesome,” said Young, “It felt amazing to have everyone’s attention at school and to have people watching the team.”

This Week in Pictures: Robotics Team has Competition at Virginia Tech

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Robotics captains, (Left to Right) Josiah Bedford, Trey Burrell, Noah Vilceus, Ryan Trupia, and Alex Young, led the team to strong showing at the competition. Photo courtesy of the Boys’ Latin Lumberjack Robotics Facebook page.

As seen in Room 122: AP Physics 2 Electric Houses

 

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Walker Santos and Trey-Lonte Gaither’s house

The AP Physics 2 students had to create houses out of cardboard with working lighting and wiring. Students worked on them for 3 months! They are still in room 122 so come check them out!

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Zach Grace and Jake Alokones’s house