During alliance selections, we were the 4th seeded alliance captains. We were excited to draft team 2996, Cougars Gone Wired, and our fellow homeschoolers, team 1825, Metro Homeschool Robotics as our partners. We made it past the quarterfinal round by winning 2-1 and moved on to the semi-finals where we would face the #1 alliance of 1986, 1806, and 2457. After losing the first match, we took the field again and played the most exciting match of the weekend. We won that match 136-119, giving Team Titanium their first and only loss in 2013 Ultimate Ascent competition. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough power to win the rubber band match and our competition ended there.
We were, however, extremely surprised to win the Team Spirit Award on Friday evening. We are not an overly enthusiastic team; our members are stretched across many roles over the course of the weekend. We do get a lot of support from siblings (homeschoolers do have quite a few), parents, and grandparents. This must have stood out in the judges eyes. As a condition for winning this award and to our embarrassment, we were asked to lead the crowd in several dances during breaks in the action. We are thankful to be able to check this particular award off of the list of possible awards to receive. We will be sure to be very quiet in Arkansas though;)