From the beginning, this competition was a success. On Friday, the team was given the honor of being named the team with the safest pit area. Additionally, the team's Safety Captain, Camren Richards, was named the tournament's Safety Star of the Day for his contributions to the tournament. He passed out safety kits to each team present at the competition and made sure that everyone was following safety precautions, ensuring that the tournament ran smoothly.
On the second day of the competition, Team SWAG was selected to join the top seeded alliance, joining Skunkworks 1983 and Issaquah Robotics Society 1318. Working together with their alliance members, Team SWAG was able to rise to the top. In one match, the team's alliance scored 220 points! The team was thrilled to be a part of such a successful alliance.
The team was even more excited when, in the third match of finals, SWAG, Skunkworks, and IRS were named champions! SWAG also won the prestigious Engineering Inspiration award, which the judges awarded to Team SWAG for its outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within the team's school and community. The team's many STEM-related programs, such as Olympic Elementary STEM Day, W.F. West STEM Summer Camp, CAD and SolidWorks classes, and programming education, contributed to the win.
This year has been amazing for W.F. West's Team SWAG 4060. Being part of such an excellent alliance was amazing, and the team is proud to be able to call themselves District Champions. The team looking forward to presenting on the Engineering Inspiration award next week at regionals in Portland! SWAG is incredibly grateful to the Chehalis Foundation and the Bezos Family Foundation for their continued support of the team. Spreading FIRST's message of celebrating science and technology remains the team's top priority, and SWAG hopes to continue shining its light throughout the community. Without the generosity of sponsors, parents, friends, and mentors, SWAG would not have been able to have the amazing, successful season it has enjoyed.