Robotics team shares successful season with Chamber

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Cheney Middle School Robotics Team members gave a presentation to the Cheney Chamber of Commerce on April 12.

CHENEY – Members of the Cheney Middle School Robotics Team were on hand for the April 12 Cheney Chamber of Commerce meeting.
The robotics team, under the direction of coach Jim Gillett, had a successful season this past year, and has qualified for the World Tournament next month. Team members told the Chamber audience about their competitions this past year, and how they document their experiences.
“It’s fascinating to be involved with these competitions,” said Gillett. He said the competition at the World Tournament will be tough, “but is great publicity to grow our program.”
Gillett said the tournament will feature 480 middle school teams and 650 high school teams. He said eight other Kansas teams qualified for the competition in Dallas, Texas.
To help with the team’s expenses to the World Tournament, the Cheney Chamber approved a donation of $250.
Another presentation to the Chamber was made by band teacher Travis Johnson, who noted the upcoming Band Golf Tournament at Cherry Oaks Golf Course. Proceeds will go toward band equipment. The golf tournament will be held May 21, and the Chamber made a $250 donation.
In other business, the Chamber:
• Introduced student guests Carson Middleton, Rylan Doshier, Jordann Elder, asnd Johnathan Rajewski. The Student Guests were attending the Chamber Meeting on behalf of recommendations from the Cheney High School Staff. These students were referred for Outstanding Positivity, Leadership, Attitude and Helpfulness.
• Treasurer’s Report : Marcia Kampling Reported an ending balance of $6,981.56 for the Chamber Account, and $6,954.03 for Cheney Bucks. The chamber is still collecting dues, and donated to Cheney’s After Prom.
• School Report: The Kansas Teacher of the Year Team came to Cheney last week to tour Cheney Elementary with Finalist teacher Laurie Thesius. The School District is looking to purchase a new bus. The April 29 large track meet in Cheney will honor the family of Peggy Gregory, the Friend of Education Award Recipient.
• Church Reports: Sunrise Service was set for 7:30 a.m. at the Methodist Church for Easter Sunday, followed by a 9:30 service. TUCC had Easter Sunday service at 10 a.m. The Methodist Church is working to expand and build in the near future.
• Cheney Fire Department Car Show will be held May 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Part of Main Street will be closed for the car show, and the Chamber will combine with the Fire Department car show for a hybrid Celebrate Cheney Event. The Chamber will provide a Bounce House and Photo Booth, and will help work the car show. Proceeds from the car show will go toward a new brick memorial with flag pole for Fire Department employees.
• Also on May 28, the city will host its Citywide Cleanup Day. The Chamber will host a free Document Shred Event for the Community from 10 a.m. to noon. This will have a 5 box limit and will be located in the empty lot across from Citizens State Bank. A Flyer will be sent out soon.