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On February 5, the two Bolles FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams, Static Discharge and Patent Pending, participated in the North Florida League Championships held at the Conroy Gym on Bolles Middle School Bartram Campus.

There were 28 teams participating. Static Discharge and Patent Pending went into the competition ranked 5th and 11th respectively. When the qualifying matches were over, they had improved to 3rd and 8th respectively. Both teams were selected to be in one of four semifinalist alliances at the end of the qualifying matches. Each of their alliances won their best of three semi-finalist matches and moved on to the finals round with Static Discharge’s alliance coming out on top. This gave Static Discharge an automatic qualification spot for the Florida State FTC championship. Patent Pending also qualified for the state championship by winning the Raytheon Technologies Innovate Award. This was the second year in a row for Patent Pending to win that award. Both teams swept the Control Award sponsored by Arm, Inc. Static Discharge won it with Patent Pending second. This was the second year in a row that Static Discharge won the League Control Award.

Here is a summary of each team’s successes at the North Florida League Championships:

Static Discharge

  • Third place league qualifying ranking
  • Robot game alliance winner
  • Control Award winner (second year in a row)

Patent Pending

  • Eighth place league qualifying ranking
  • Robot game alliance runner-up
  • Control Award second place
  • Promote Award winner
  • Raytheon Technologies Innovate Award winner (second year in a row)


Next up is the Florida State FTC Championships March 4-5. For the state championship, each team will have judging presentations on February 27 and then travel to Winter Haven, Florida on March 4. There, they will need to pass their field and robot inspections that afternoon and compete in qualifying matches on Saturday, March 5. Here’s wishing them continued success at the state championship.


Patent Pending includes the following students:

Amir Chahlavi ’25


Alyona Chugay ’24


Jayan Deshmukh ’25


Rohan Deshmukh ’26


Anjali Gusani ’25


Pranav Kasavaraju ’22


Esha Kashavaraju ’26


Jay Manohar ’26


Caylee Padgett ’24


William Schilling ’24



Static Discharge includes the following students:

Avneesh Badarinth ’22


Michael Scott Burgstiner ’23


Edmond Chen ’22


Cameron Gratz ’23


Drew Hurley ’23


JohnMarko James ’26


Daniel Ji ’24


Charlie Milan ’26


Sarah Park ’25


Nikhil Patel ’28


Aman Shaik ’22


Amal Shaik ’28