St. Louis School team dives into robotics challenge [Clarksville]

Howard County Times

Although the school year has wrapped up, local students continue to demonstrate they are the cream of the crop.

The St. Louis School Aqua Knights robotics team won at the Marine Advance Technology Education (MATE) Remotely Operated Vehicle competition recently held at Villanova University. The team took first place for product presentation, second place for robot demonstration and second place overall. The vehicle built by the students included a camera, a LEGO claw, a control box equipped with a fuse and 3D printed motor covers.

The Aqua Knights participated in a MATE regional competition. As the only team from Maryland, they competed against students from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC and Ontario, Canada. According to the MATE Center website, the organization “uses underwater robots – also known as remotely-operated vehicles or ROVs – to teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and prepare students for technical careers.”

Members of the Aqua Knights include Nadia Kerechanin, Andrew Gallagher, Alex Fatula, Antony Romano, Matthew Gallagher, Gabriella Kerechanin and Margaret Fatula. They are coached by Chuck Kerechanin and Angela Fatula.

Another local phenom, Clarksville Middle School student Saketh Sundar recently competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at the National Harbor. The seventh grader made his third appearance in the nationally-televised competition. Taking the stage with more than 500 spellers, Sundar made it to the seventh round of the spelling bee. The 12 year old tied for 17th-place after he was unable to correctly spell the word “glycyrrhizin.”

According to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, 11 million students across the country participate in the initial stages of the spelling competition in their classrooms. Sundar was sponsored in the national competition by the Howard County Public Library.

Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church will hold Vacation Bible School, July 15 to 19, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. “Shipwrecked: Rescued by God” is the theme for the week of activities. Children who are 3 years old through those who have just completed fifth grade are eligible to attend. Register online at Registration is free with a suggested donation of $5 to cover the cost of t-shirts. Call 410-531-5653 for more information.

Spend a summer evening enjoying live music. The Courtyard Concert Series kicked off on June 15 at the River Hill Village Center. Weekly entertainment will continue on Fridays between 6 and 8 p.m. through Aug. 17. Each Friday will feature a different band. Music genres will include blues, classic rock, country, jazz and R&B. For a complete list of entertainers go to

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