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I want to also say what a great time my team and I had yesterday. I can now
appreciate how much work goes on into putting on a show like this. Well
done! I too was a rookie coach, and my team Div 1 team (E = M C Brick!)
were also all rookies. I think they did fantastic, even if their score from
the day doesn't show it. I am super proud of them!

My Div 2 team was kinda "forced" upon me Saturday morning because their
actual coach woke up with a fever, along with his son, who was also not
able to compete. Fortunately both of our teams practice on the same days
each week at the same place, so I know his kids quite well. I happily
filled in for him and watched after his kids as they did everything that
they had been trained to do. Amazingly, they took first place
(Brainstormz). I cannot take any of the credit for their impressive
performance, but I sure am proud of them. In fact, I am proud of every kid
and team that I talked to yesterday. What an uplifting experience!

We are already making plans for next year, and I know the Brainstormz'
coach is making plans to represent the Hampton Roads area at JMU.

Tournament volunteers, you guys are AWESOME! It was a real pleasure being
your guests yesterday. Thanks for taking care of us, and showing us a great
time.

Skip Morrow
Coach, E = M C Brick!


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On Sun, Nov 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM, Guthrie, Theresa <[log in to unmask]>
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>  Thank you everyone for the great time at the Newport News Tournament
> yesterday! The Tigers AI team feels so fortunate that we were able to
>  participate in such a well-organized tournament filled with well-mannered,
> good-hearted, supportive teams.
>
>
>
> Kudos to Amy Nichols and the Ruling Robot Falcons. You and your team are
> great examples of what FLL is all about. You set the example for us last
> weekend and on tournament day.
>
>
>
> Karen Berger, thank you so much for doing this for us year after year. You
> are amazing. All the volunteers kept Gracious Professionalism and
> Coopertition the main focus of the tournament.
>
>
>
> Dr. Lamberts expert announcing skills brought a thrilling vibe to the
> tournament tables. We felt the referees were fair, kind, and very kid
> friendly!
>
>
>
> As a rookie coach, I knew I was going to be so embarrassed for my kids
> because I failed to coach them properly. But I was only a little
> embarrassed. The team understood there was so much more they should have
> considered, but they still walked out of every judging session with their
> heads held high and a big smile on their faces!
>
>
>
> We can’t wait till next year!
>
>
>
> Terry Guthrie
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:
> [log in to unmask]] *On Behalf Of *Amy Nichols
> *Sent:* Sunday, November 09, 2014 10:15 AM
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Subject:* [VADCFLL-L] Thank you!
>
>
>
> I want to offer a huge thank you from The Ruling Robot Falcons to Karen
> Berger and all the organizers, judges, referees, and volunteers that helped
> put on the regional tournament in Newport News yesterday.  Our kids had
> such a fun time and I appreciate all the work that was put into it!  I
> think the referees were cheering for all the kids as much as the coaches
> were!  Thank you all!
>
>
>
> I also want to add a note about real Gracious Professionalism that
> happened for our team yesterday.  When we arrived at the school yesterday
> and our kids ran their robot on the practice boards, they discovered that
> nothing on their robot worked.  All their missions were dependent on the
> color sensor, which had was only randomly seeing certain colors.  They
> tried everything they could think of to fix it, but then got the idea to
> see if the other teams that had EV3's could help.  So they went around the
> room asking other teams if they had any ideas or knew how to calibrate a
> color sensor (one of the things they thought perhaps was wrong).   The
> other teams all stopped what they were doing to help our kids try to
> problem solve and help think of what could be wrong.  It was very apparent
> that these kids were not just there to win a tournament...but they really
> loved being there and wanted to help.  This just made me love FIRST/FLL
> even more than I already did, and realize just how great this organization
> is!
>
>
>
> Thank you all!
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