On Saturday, December 17, sixteen students on Atlantic Middle School’s Robotics team competed in the FIRST Eastern Massachusetts Lego League State Championship at Newton North High School. The team placed in the top 30 for robot performance and did extremely well in the overall competition winning the Gracious Professionalism Award; one of FIRST’s most prestigious awards. This award is given to the team who encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. With the guidance of coaches Michael Maguire and Brian Angell, the team from Atlantic put in many hours throughout the fall and had a great season. The team’s hard work and determination paid off and they now have the trophy to prove it.