Columbia Christian School participated in the BEST (Boosting Engineering Science & Technology) Robotics competition in Little Rock on Saturday at Parkview High School.

CCS took a team of 20 students, who created a robot from scratch with the help of the SAU Engineering Department, to the competition and competed against 24 area teams.

CCS placed 5th overall which included the robot competition, conference exhibit, and engineering notebook.

Columbia Christian qualified for entry to the BEST regional competition on December 5-7 at University of Texas-Dallas in Frisco, TX.

The theme this year was "Off the Grid,” simulating a disaster to a community with power lines down and roads littered with debris. The robots had to deliver equipment for linemen, remove debris, and rehang power lines.

Participating at Little Rock were seniors Gwen Gunnels, Maggie Gunnels, Katie Norman, Chloe Rowe, Brandon Johnson, Aaron Chen, Ryan Attebery and Austin Plafcan; juniors Jessie Gunnels, Miranda Madden, Brayden Voss, Jake Williams (captain), Jordan Perritt, Jared Massey, Jonathan Stevens; and freshmen Victoria Allison, Elizabeth Attebery and Missy Gunnels.

Sponsors are Vicki Allison and Barbara Pearson.

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