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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
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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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