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SHS Students Receive Top Robotics Awards

The fifth grade "Betabotz" team was recognized for its outstanding leadership and innovation

Four students in the Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton (SHS) fifth grade robotics team, Betabotz, received a total of seven robotics awards during the spring semester, under the guidance of SHS Middle School Science teacher Sherie Lo Giudice and SHS Lower & Middle Schools Creativity Hub teacher Ben Howe, along with parent coaches.
The students, Anshi Agarwal, Luca Miraglia, Kaiya Narula, and Ella Valle, are now rising sixth graders; together they showed great determination during the two-day 2024 VEX IQ World Championships competition in Dallas, TX, where a total of 840 teams representing 78 nations worldwide came together to compete.
Parent coach Nitin Agrawal spoke highly of the experience, noting the range of skills students were able to hone during the competition season.
"We are grateful for SHS's commitment to nurturing well-rounded students,” said Agrawal. “The Gators embraced every challenge, mastering all aspects of robotics—from design, documentation, and coding, to forging alliances with teams worldwide. Their dedication and tenacity coupled with communication skills were key factors to their success."
Betabotz received the following awards during the 2024 spring semester:
  • VEX IQ World Championship 
    Inspire Award, recognizing outstanding leadership and innovation

  • Northern California Regional (States) Championship
    Energy Award, for exceptional enthusiasm and passion
    Amaze Award, for a high-performing robot in matches and skills challenges

  • Regional Competitions:
    Excellence Award - Norcal Rookie Competition, overall excellence in all aspects
    Teamwork Champion - Norcal Rookie Competition, as part of the winning alliance
    Design Award - East Palo Alto, organized and professional design process
    Amaze Award - Dublin

Sacred Heart Schools Atherton

Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton

150 Valparaiso Ave
Atherton, CA 94027
650 322 1866
Founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school for students in preschool through grade 12