The Westport Wreckers Robotics Team competed at the recent World Robotics Championship in St. Louis, Mo., winning spots as a finalist team in two categories.

The Wreckers were one of six finalist teams for the Rockwell Collins Award for innovative and creative robot design, and for the Control Award for innovative software.

The Westport team, made up of 18 students from Staples High School, was also part of a four-team wining alliance in a regional robotics competition in Pennsylvania in March before competing in St. Louis on April 23.

The Westport Wreckers Robotics team of 2010-11 won the world championship.

Current senior Alec Solder, the one remaining member of that team on this year's team, competed this year for the last time before graduating from Staples.

"It has been an honor to be a Wrecker these past four years and to pass the torch to the next set of Wreckers," he said.

Other team members of the 2013-14 team are: seniors Troy Fantini, Max Liben, Parker Stakoff, Will Moeller, Eric Pan and Chris Severini; juniors Ken Asada, Ian Blanchardon, Madeline Schemel, Sage Vouse and Dominic Wynter; sophomores Arjun Dhindsa, Noah Pines, Michael van der Merwe and, Jim Zhang; and freshmen Dylan Gleicher and Ben Rosoff. Parents John Solder and Michael Pan served as the team coaches.

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