Southington High Robotics Team Honored At Capitol

May 22, 2015

Senator Markley and the Southington Delegation present the Cyber Knights and sponsors with official citations

Hartford-State Senator Joe Markley, State Representative Rob Sampson, State Representative Al Adinolfi, State Representative Joe Aresimowicz, and State Representative David Zoni welcomed the Southington Cyber Knights to the Capitol on Wednesday. The Cyber Knights, also known as FIRST Team 195, is a robotics team from Southington High School in Southington, CT.

Team 195 and their mentors design, build, and program robots and enter them in a series of competitions. The Cyber Knights also volunteer with younger students to spark their interest in science and math.

The team is fresh off winning the Engineering Inspiration Award at the World Championship in St. Louis this April.

The legislators presented Team 195 with citations for their accomplishments. Senator Markley introduced the Cyber Knights in the Senate; the Representatives introduced the team in the House.

“It was an honor and a pleasure to recognize the achievements of Team 195 on the floor of the Senate,” said Senator Markley. “The students in the towns I represent really spoil me. I often find myself bragging to my colleagues about what a talented group of young people live in16th District.”

“It was an honor to meet with the Southington Cyber Knights robotics team and some of their sponsors – Mohawk Northeast, Inc. Conveyco Technologies, and Construction Insight. These are not just smart kids. They help in the community where they volunteer with STEM programs in elementary schools, mentor other schools, etc. They are a true inspiration and give me a positive outlook on our future,” said Representative Sampson.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Southington’s Team 195 to the State Capitol,” Rep. David Zoni said. “The members of the robotics team bring honor to themselves and to the entire community by their hard work and by their great success at the World Championship. I would also like to salute their volunteer work with younger students.”

“These kids are the future leaders of this state,” Rep. Adinolfi said. “It was great to meet them and see their work in action. I believe they will continue succeeding and doing a great job representing our town of Southington.”