Lake George VEX Robotics Heading to World Championships

Three Lake George High School VEX Robotics teams will head to the 2023 Robotics World Championship following success at the New York state championship.

Eight Lake George students competed March 11 in the largest VEX Robotics competition to date in New York state, going up against 68 teams at the Syracuse Center. Zach Bruno and Anthony Halliday finished second overall in the state competition in “Programming and Driving Skills.” Gianna Fasulo, Jonah Cocozza and Camden Wolfield received the “Innovate Award,” and Sophie Unkauf, Benjamin Montville and Nicholas Wagemann were awarded the “Excellence Award,”which is the overall highest achievement. Gianna and Jonah are seniors, and the rest of the team members are juniors.

“I am extremely thrilled that all three teams get to compete at the world championships and represent both Lake George and the United States. The students have put in a ton of hours to earn this spot,” said Lawrence Stroebel, Lake George Jr.-Sr. High School technology teacher and robotics coach. Each team meets multiple times a week to ensure they have the correct equipment, work on improving their designs, and communicate with each other about strategy. Starting with an 18x18x18 design, teams can design an expansion when they need or are required to show both innovation and creativity. With less than a month left until the world championships, the students are finding time before, during and after school hours to make sure their designs meet every standard of this event.

Superintendent John Luthringer praised the students’ efforts. “To have three teams qualify for the VEX Robotics World Championship is quite the accomplishment and a testament to the robotics program here in Lake George,” said Luthringer. “The students and teachers put in a tremendous amount of time and energy into their preparation, and I’m excited for them to have this opportunity.”

The Lake George VEX Robotics team will travel to the World Championships in Dallas, Texas in late April. The VEX Robotics World Championship brings together the top teams from around the world, representing 28 countries, to compete and celebrate team accomplishments. To learn more, visit

The VEX Robotics Team will hold its annual Garrison Night on Tuesday, April 18 to fundraise for their World Championship trip. Look for more information soon.

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