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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR rQuolk ROMEHMV‘ emu K NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors SMALL IOVVN PAPERS 92/ WESIr RAILROAD AVI: SHtLION WA 96584—384/ I9. I'll”II,lI“I,IIIllII’ll!IllllllII“[I'll[lul'l‘llllfllhul'u Warren ToWn and v News 50¢ Vol. No. Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, June 20, 2019 Norwalk Robotics Qualifies for World Championships Written Jaden For the first time ever, a Norwalk robotics team qualified for world championships. The Norwalk robotics program is only in its second year of existence, and has experienced tremendous success with its rookie single team in 2018 and now expansion into two teams for the 2019 season. The Norwalk RoboWarriors Gold and Purple teams both compete in the First Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics league. Since October 2018, the teams have been competing in progressively higher levels of competition from local league to State. The Purple team was knocked out of competition in a close finish at league championships, so only the Gold team was left to move on. After finishing 2nd at State, the Gold team earned its spot as'one of 13 Iowa teams to move on to World Championships in Detroit. A total of 160 teams from throughout the world participate in the FTC championship event, along With competitors for all the FIRST programs, First Lego League (FLL), First Robotics. Competition (FRC) and FLL Junior. Each program is different and serves different age groups from Kindergarten through 12th grades. During the FIRST _Wo.rld Championships in Detroit, Michigan, the Norwalk RoboWarriors had an amazing time competing with the best robots in the world. The focus of the trip was to enjoy the experience, network with other teams and learn as much as possible. The team was able to win 3 of their 9 matches and finished 98th out of 160 teams at the competition. The Robowarriors got to meet some exceptional people from lots of different countries and had an amazing time learning about them and their robots. The event was held at the Cobo Convention Center in downtown Detroit, and included all 4 programs’ competitions, Innovation Fair (featuring STEM related careers and companies), hands on STEM activities throughout the week, college scholarship fairs for various STEM programs. A huge welcome party for all participants and the event finals were held at Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions football team. The closing ceremonies revealed a sneak peek at the theme for next season’s game, which is a partnership with Star Wars. It was accompanied by special guest appearances by R2D2, Darth Vadar and Mark Hamill doing the promotional video! . Every student, coach, and parent that attended agreed that the time spent at the FIRST FTC World Championships is a time-they will never forget and they can hold their heads high not only on how well they competed but how far they have come since the beginning of the year. Overall, the teams placed 6th (Gold) and 11th (Purple) out of 182 teams in Iowa! The RoboWarriors would like to thank all of their .sponsors and people that have not only donated money, but time into making the team better. We couldn’t have done it without the great support of the Norwalk community, school, and sponsors. Students that attended Worlds: Nick Bergan, Caleb Belden, Jamison Bice, Will Clarke, Trevor Fisher, Sydney Fisher, Hannah Groos, Miranda Lamb (Team Mascot), Olivia Lamb, Tyler Lamb, Maddy Lepley, Lex Marshall, Eva Newland, Eli Newland, Tyler Rewerts, Noah Schumacher, Jaden Smith, Tyler Wicker. Coaches that attended Worlds: Jeff Bergan & Tom Lamb. ‘ , Contact info: RoboWarriors@norwalk.k12.ia.us To keep up with the RoboWarriors and see matches from this season, find our F acebook page: Norwalk Robo Warriors. See photos from the RoboWarriors’ experience at Worlds on page .9. 2nd Annual N orwalk State of the City Address Held June 11th 11180" Written by Ashley Miller , ' Local officials, special guests, and residents gathered together for the second annual Norwalk State of the City address, which highlighted several upcoming community and economic development programs — including the 2028 Norwalk Strategic Vision. “The City of Norwalk has many exciting new development projects in progress, and we remain committed to improving the quality of life for our residents and businesses,” said Mayor Phillips. “As the third-fastest growing city in the metro, we’re dedicated to increasing the number of opportunities available for business development, Whileifostering a community that welcomes new residents and provides an abundance of activities to choose from.” Kosovo’s Advisor to the Prime Minister Erolld Belegu and Chief of Mission Artan Duraku were also present at the address and discussed the opportunities available for US. businesses. Earlier this year, Kosovo announced an exclusive opportunity for Iowa businesses to expand globally. The Kosovo American Economic City (KAEC) is offering free land to Iowa businesses before expanding to all US. businesses. Kosovo has 1,200 acres of land set aside for the project. “This partnership gives Iowa companies the opportunity to expand into global markets they may not have access to otherwise,” said Belegu. The relationship between Iowa and Kosovo began in 2011 With a partnership between the Iowa National Guard and the Kosovo Security Force. Brigadier General Damian Donahoe underscored the importance of expanding this partnership and the global trade opportunities available to Iowa businesses. The City of Norwalk also kicked off the NorWalk of Fame project and presented four “Hometown Superhero” awards honoring local celebrities, athletes, and military heroes. Matt Dermondy, pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays; Brandon Routh, actor, famous for his role in Superman; Doug Pierce, F-16 fighter pilot; and Clay Garcia, US Marine and Bronze Star medal recipient; all received the inaugural awards. ' Highlights from the State of the City address include: 'The Norwalk 2028 vision, which includes increased business and mixed used development projects. 'International partnerships With Kosovo to benefit Iowa businesses and increase global expansion. . ' The official kick-off of the NorWalk of Fame project to honor local celebrities, professional athletes, and military heroes. , Resources and expertise will be available to Iowa companies moving forward With relevant information and assistance. For more information, please email Hollie Zajicek at hzajicek@norwalk.iowa.gov. Your Country By Giving Blood LifeServe Blood Center is. urging community members to roll up a sleeve to serve their fellow countrymen this: summer. How will you serve your. country this Independence Day? Give blood donation a try at an upcoming blood drive in. your community. Norwalk Comm- unity Blood Drive, Thursday, June 27th, from 1:30-6:30 pm. at St. John the Apostle Cath- olic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Drive. Sign up to save a life today online at lifeserve bloodcenter.org or by calling 800.287.4903. Norwalk Aquatic Center is Open for the Season The Norwalk Aquatic Center is now open for the summer! The pool is open , daily (weather per- mitting) until August let. Pool hours are Monday through Friday: 1:001 pm. to 5:00 p.111. & 6:30 pm. to 8:30 p.m.; and . Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 pm. to 5:00pm. & 6:00 pm. to 8:00 pm. Adult Lap Swim takes place from 12:00 pm. to 1:00 pm. and 5:00 pm. to 6:00 pm. daily. For information on pricing, swimming lessons, pool passes, and pool party rental, please call the Parks and Recreation office at 515- 981-9206, or visit WWW. norwalkparks.org. The Norwalk Aquatic Center is located at 1 112 ' E. 18th Street. The direct . phone number to, the pool office is 515-981-4002. **Be sure to flip the paperover and check out the redesigned directory'on- the back page!