(CHESTER, PA) – During the City of Chester’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, seven Chester Community Charter School (CCCS) students were honored for their achievements as members of the school’s Robotics Team.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Williams presented the middle school children with certificates of recognition and gold medals on behalf of Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland and Chester City Council. “I am proud of our young people,” said Councilwoman Williams. “As Director of Parks and Recreation, I spend a lot of time planning events and programs for children in our community. It brings a smile to my face to be able to recognize our children for the good things they accomplish.”

The honor of recognition comes less than two weeks after CCCS’s Robotics Team, The Bionic Beasts, won 1st place for Robot Performance and placed 2nd overall, during a competition at the First Lego League Fourth to Eighth Grade Robotics Competition at Central High School in Philadelphia.

The group of student achievers is comprised of sixth through eighth grade boys and girls.
2017 marks the second year head coach Daniel Aulisio, an eighth-grade physical science teacher has taken lead of the robotics team.  He, along with assistant coach, Kirsten Fuss, a seventh-grade teacher and Officer Jose Alvarez, a six-year police veteran and School Resource Officer at local elementary and middle schools, help prepare the students for competitions during an afterschool program at the charter school.

“The Chester Police Department, in partnership with CCCS and other local schools work together to create after school programming, like the robotics program,” said Officer Alvarez. “The department is able to support these initiatives because of the
School Resource Officer Safety Grant, a federal grant that focuses on creating programs for School Resource Officers like me and my partner, Officer Josh Dewees – who works as a School Resource Officer at the high school.”

The children accepted their awards in front of more than 60 city officials and residents who attended council meeting on Wednesday. “They felt like superheroes today,” said Officer Alvarez.  “I wanted for them to be recognized and understand that they have the support of the school, the city and the police department. There are good things that happen in the City of Chester and we need to acknowledge and let people know that we do have kids who want to be something great.”

The Bionic Beasts will participate in the championship competition on February 4th, at the University of Pennsylvania.

Chester Community Charter School Robotics Team students:

·         Diamond Carter-Lowry (8th grade)

·         Amanda Lopez-Corcino (8th grade)

·         Nyerra Walcott (8th grade)

·         Syreeta Dukes (8th grade)

·         Emily Harris (6th grade)

·         Miguel Rosario (7th grade)

·         William Moore (8th grade)