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NHCS Students Compete in International SeaPerch Robotics Competition

Murray SeaPerch team

The Murray SeaPerch team, (l-r) Christian Blevins, Nash Dallas, and Andrew Arjona,
pictured with sponsor Rick Decrescente from Excite Credit Union,who provided
funds to help cover registration and competition fees. 

Students from eight New Hanover County middle and high schools competed in one of three qualifying NC SeaPerch regional tournaments held earlier this year in Wilmington, Morehead City, and Charlotte.  SeaPerch is an underwater robotics program that challenges students to design and build an underwater Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) that can complete a series of challenges in 11 different events.

Four teams of NHCS students have qualified for the International SeaPerch Tournament, which will be held June 1-2, 2019 at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Team “Rogue Waves,” representing Myrtle Grove Middle School, coached by Joe Neal
Wyatt Wooddell, 7th grade
Emmie Rose, 7th grade
Team “Wet & Wild,” representing Murray Middle School, coached by Ashlea Hoffmier
Christian Blevins, 7th grade
Nash Dallas, 7th grade
Andrew Arjona, 7th grade
Team “Half & Half,” representing Ashley High School, coached by Lt. Col. Robert Rehder, Dan Keck and Candice Pytcher
Nathan Faulk, 12th grade
Andro Keck, 12th grade
Carlos Escobedo Miguel, 12th grade
Daniel Geribo, 11th grade
Team “Orca Whales,” representing the Wilmington Robotics Club, coached by Todd Rose
Jake Rose, 9th grade (Ashley High School)
Alexis Doran, 9th grade (Ashley High School
Jesse Wooddell, 9th grade (Hoggard High School)
Over 80 teams from around the world will compete in three challenges which include a speed/obstacle course challenge, an engineering notebook presentation, and a national challenge that changes every year.  This year’s challenge involves activating an underwater beacon and moving pieces across the pool.  

These teams are supported locally by Michelle Hafey at the Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (CESTEM) at UNCW. The program was developed by the Office of Naval Research and managed by Robonation under The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation (AUVSI).  For more information, visit  

To view a video of previous SeaPerch events, visit (provided by David Glenn at Castle Hayne Elementary School).
Ashley SeaPerch team

Students from the Ashley High School SeaPerch team, after winning at the regional competition.