Father Mercredi High School VEX Robotics Team Qualifies for World Championships! 

Father Mercredi High School VEX Robotics Team Qualifies for World Championships!

(FORT MCMURRAY, AB – February 5, 2023) – Father Mercredi High School Robotics team 5760B UnBEARable has won a ticket to the VEX World Championships in Dallas, Texas after being part of the winning alliance at Mecha Mayhem in Calgary!

Mecha Mayhem was Canada’s first VEX Robotics Signature Event, with over 100 middle and high school teams from all over North America. The event was hosted at the BMO Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

5760B is one of four Father Mercredi High School teams who competed in this Signature event February 3- 5th, 2023. Three of the Father Mercredi HS teams made the playoff round!

Team 5760B went 10-0 in their qualification matches and was the first seeded alliance going into Division playoffs. After winning the Division playoffs they then went on to win the Grand finals, earning them an invitation to the World Championships!

Team 5760B will now attend Provincials knowing they have already qualified for the World Championships which will occur in late April.

The four robotics teams were joined by the Father Mercredi High School Media Team who organized and executed all of the photography and videography of the weekend, and supported the livestreaming of the event.

Father Mercredi High School head robotics coach Tom MacIsaac says it was a weekend to remember, “This event was Canada’s first Signature Robotics Event and our teams left their mark on the robotics world with a tournament win and a resulting trip to Worlds in Texas! Success begets success, this weekend has added another layer to a Father Mercredi High School program that has been built on student success. As coaches we try to inspire and this weekend we were truly inspired, we are so proud!”

Father Mercredi High School Coach Holly Kalma says this truly rewards student dedication, “I am incredibly proud of all of our teams. They eat, sleep, and breathe robotics. They continually share their passion for robotics while showing great sportsmanship. Having a team qualify for Worlds is a testament to them all.”

“Mecha Mayhem was an incredible experience,” adds Father Mercredi coach Carson Creighton. “It was an absolute honour being part of such a prestigious event. I’m so incredibly proud of what our teams have managed to achieve. To be able to get to Worlds at an international event leaves me speechless.”

To have the Father Mercredi Media Team included as a key part of the entire operation of the event was a privilege the team worked hard to earn. Media Team coach Tamarra Price Chambrinho says it’s been a wonderful experience, “We are honoured to have the work of our Media Team recognized and utilized at this level. To be invited to an event of this scale to share our work with over 100 teams and sponsors is an incredible real world experience and learning opportunity for our students. We can’t wait to see what comes next!”

Team 5760B

Declan Craig (grade 12)
Tristan Brady (grade 12)
Brayden Young-Durdle (grade 12)
Cody Kimball (grade 10)

Tom MacIsaac (head coach)
Holly Kalma (coach)
Nick Kalma (coach)
Carson Creighton (coach)