After a Season of Wins, Milton’s Robotics Team Takes on the World

Capping a year filled with resounding successes—including three high placements in a national tournament—Milton’s robotics team traveled to the VEX Robotics World Championship in the spring. Tony Tao ’20, Christy Zheng ’19, Avery Miller ’20, Alexander Shih ’19, and Dima Zayaruzny ’21 competed in the world championship in Louisville, Kentucky, and finished the season in 32nd place (out of 20,000 that started the year).

The hectic and collaborative atmosphere at VEX tournaments—entrants have to compete in intense matches and also scout their opponents and the teams they pair with—has been easier to navigate because Milton’s team members work so well together, says Christy.

“I’m super proud of what Milton Robotics has accomplished over the last four years,” she says. “Every year, we’ve made significant improvement, but I never thought we would get the opportunity to compete at worlds. I can’t wait to see how big the robotics program will become in the future.”

Christy gives credit for the team’s success this year to hard work, a renovated and expanded work space that was completed last summer, and the guidance of faculty members Chris Hales and Khizar Hussain. “They’ve also sacrificed much of their free time for Robotics, because they genuinely believe in us,” she says.

A MINDFUL LIFE

“Forever, is composed of Nows,” wrote Emily Dickinson more than a century and a half ago—a message that resonates today more than ever. Modern life—with its overwhelming demands and distractions—makes it increasingly difficult to pause and reflect upon our lives. In this issue, Milton alumni share their stories about the power of living in the Now—of staying present to more fully assess our lives and relationships. We also feature a story about making student mental health a priority, and hear from our faculty about the importance of taking the time to listen and stay connected to ourselves.