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RoboHounds' Coach Earns State Recognition

RoboHounds Christina DeMuri, Ritenour High School PLTW teacher and robotics coach, received the Missouri FIRST Tech Compass Award, which recognizes a coach or mentor who has given outstanding guidance, support and inspiration to a robotics team throughout the year.

The RHS robotics team, the RoboHounds, submitted a 1-minute video nomination, created by co-captains Martin Trujillo Carrazco and Tai Huynh, about DeMuri that gave testimonials from team members about how she “pushed them to move forward, united them as a team, embodied gracious professionalism and created a bond as a family.”

DeMuri was not only was surprised by the nomination, but she also said she was humbled by the award.
“I didn’t even know they were working on the nomination and making a video,” said DeMuri. “I was up in the stands at the tournament when all of a sudden the video started playing on the big screen. I was totally surprised at what I was seeing.”

Ritenour High School’s robotics team, the RoboHounds, earned a third-place award at the Missouri FIRST Tech Challenge Championship at Missouri S&T.  Out of 48 teams, the RoboHounds’ robot made it to the semi-finals, losing to a team who that ended up winning the competition. The RoboHounds earned their third place in the Control Award division, which evaluates how teams use sensors and software to increase the robot’s functionality on the field.

Rounding out this year’s RoboHounds, who are also coached by RHS teacher William Slater, are: Wei Tai, Ryan Klohr, Damien Cottrell, Garrett Ratcliff, Mehakjit Dayal, Ariana Anderson, Devin Sanders and Anthony Guetschow.