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January 17, 2021

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VRC team is crowned tournament champion; NDPMA fields some of the youngest participants. 

Team 33S, from left, Alondra Pedroza, Xochitl Aranda, Iden Konja and Diego Betancourt, won the tournament championship. Notre Dame fielded five teams at the event. More photos below.

Notre Dame hosted a VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) event on Sat., Jan. 16, in the school's robotics center. VEX is part of the robotics and STEM program at NDPMA spanning all grades. VRC is an international competition for middle and high school students. Twelve teams from Michigan and Ohio participated in yesterday's event.

According to Jerry Palardy, who mentors NDPMA's VRC participation, Notre Dame's Team 33S was the big winner yesterday, seeding first in the qualification round, winning the Judge's Award, and becoming the tournament champions. 

"This is that particular team's first year doing robotics, he said. "What an accomplishment!"

Palardy said a big thank you goes out to everyone who volunteered, including many parents, teachers, students and alumni, including Eden Konja, Jerry McGhee, Louise Palardy, Andrew Palardy, Andrew McGhee, Jonathan Karr, Aaron Palardy and current members of the National Honor Society.

More on VEX Robotics Competition: VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) is a robotics competition for registered middle and high school teams which utilizes the VEX V5 Construction and Control System. In this competition, teams design, build and program robots to compete at tournaments. At tournaments, teams participate in qualifying matches where two randomly chosen alliances of two teams each compete for the highest team ranking. Before the elimination rounds, the top-ranking teams choose their permanent alliance partners, starting with the highest ranked team, and continuing until the alliance capacity for the tournament is reached. The new alliances then compete in an elimination bracket, and the top two alliances in the bracket qualify for the overall Michigan competition.

Alumnus Andrew McGhee, center in striped shirt, tabulates the score after a match.


NDP sophomore Aaron Palardy announces a match.


At right in the photo, Team 3333C, Gavin Gaynor and Lucas DiGrande discuss strategy, while Tyler Leung prepares the robot for a match.


No age advantage in robotics as NDP had the youngest students at the event, but they held their own among the field.


Team 3333W works to put a ball in the goal. (from left) Kevin Carter, Brooklyn Haddad and Dino Acciavatti.


Teams 33T and 33J prepare for a match. From left: Josh Samuels, Tommy Joppish, Harley Collins (behind glass), Jose Turrubiartes and Beck Silver. (not pictured: Henry Wilson, Jeffrey Guo and Emmanuel Rostro)

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame Preparatory School enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three schools are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the National Association of Independent Schools. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school’s home page at