SVMS Team Takes 1st Place in Robotics Competition

Twenty-five seventh and eighth grade students who are members of the Saucon Valley Middle School Robotics Club competed in a regional robotics competition at Temple University in Philadelphia Friday and represented their school proudly as the only team from the Lehigh Valley.

SV Youth Cheerleaders Compete in Ocean City, Maryland

Saucon Valley Youth cheerleaders competed in the 2016 Reach the Beach National Championships in Ocean City, Md., Saturday, where the Mighty Minis team (4th grade and under) received an honorable mention placement and Team Spirit (6th grade and under) was awarded third place. “Out of seven squads the Mighty Minis were one of three that got Honorable Mention, but we are all so proud of all of the girls for getting up on that high stage in front of so many spectators and doing a great job,” parent Karen Cooney said. “The scores showed they did really well,” she added. “They only had a couple points off that would have made the difference in ranking.” “The girls worked extremely hard this year and should be proud of their performances,” VP for cheerleading for the Saucon Valley Youth Sports Association Jeanne Reilly said.

Local ROV Team Will Compete in Canada

A team of high school students primarily from the Lehigh Valley that includes a Saucon Valley resident will travel to St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada from June 24-28, where they will compete against top teams from around the world in the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center’s 14th Annual International Student ROV Competition. This year’s theme is ROVs in Extreme Environments: Science and Industry in the Arctic. ROVs, or remotely operated vehicles, are underwater vessels that can be used for a variety of tasks by polar scientists as well as the oil and gas industry, for example. The local team, known as pROVe (Pennsylvania ROV Engineers), recently placed first overall at their state’s regional competition–the MATE Pennsylvania ROV Challenge at Villanova University, which was held May 9. This will be the fourth time traveling to the international competition for the team, which is made up of Timothy Gahman of Lower Saucon Township; Natalie Sampsell, John Sampsell and Hannah Smith of Macungie; Benjamin Green of Bethlehem; and Noah Jarratt of Harleysville.