It is a big moment for student-athletes when they get to sign the National Letter of Intent to attend a college to play sports. Both Eastlake High School (EHS) and Lake Washington High School (LWHS) hosted events on Wednesday, February 5 to celebrate the occasion.
Robotics for all – Eastlake students team up for Special Olympics Robotics Championship
A team of 24 young athletes and partners, with and without disabilities, represented Eastlake High School (EHS) at this year’s Special Olympics Robotics Championship. The event took place at the Seattle Center on November 17 with 36 teams competing in four different fields. The EHS team, with their Wolf Pack Green robot, earned third place. They also won the Spirit Team and Rising Star awards. Students at EHS lined up to send-off the team before the competition. Here is a short video of that send-off.
Special Olympics Washington Unified Robotics is the first of its kind. According to the organization’s website, the goal is to inspire students with and without intellectual disabilities to consider STEM careers. They also hope to unite students of diverse abilities as teammates and competitors on this field of play.
The event started with a Special Olympics ceremony followed by the athlete and partners parade. About 400 people were on hand to watch the ceremony and competition. EHS students Becca Goldfarb, Jorey Anderson and Matthew Rogan opened the ceremony by singing the national anthem.
“It was a great day to remind us that living inclusive lives brings us all together as a stronger community,” said EHS teacher Helly Harel.
Alexia Follet, Alec Grassi, Lakshmi Rajesh and Shreya Celes from the EHS Top Gun robotics team helped build and program the robots.