85R23240 RMA-D
  By: Sanford H.R. No. 1526
         WHEREAS, The members of the Mercenary Robotics team
  distinguished themselves with their performance at the Brazos
  Valley Regional For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
  Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition held in Waco from March 31
  through April 2, 2017; and
         WHEREAS, For the event, the team faced off against squads
  from four states in building a robot capable of completing various
  tasks, including ascending a rope; the Mercenaries ultimately
  claimed 15th place and clinched the Highest Rookie Seed and Rookie
  All-Star Awards, and their fine showing qualified them to compete
  in the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship taking place
  in Houston on April 19-22; and
         WHEREAS, The team was organized in the summer of 2016 by a
  group of McKinney-area high school students who shared a common
  passion for robotics; eager to test themselves against other
  groups, the squad raised the necessary funds by applying for grants
  and soliciting support from local businesses, and the Mercenaries
  got their first taste of competition during the Dallas Regional
  contest held March 8-11, 2017; along the way, these determined
  students have benefited from the guidance of mentors Mary Mobley,
  Jason Bolen, and Andrew Nelson; and
         WHEREAS, Through their involvement in this exciting and
  demanding program, the Mercenaries have demonstrated their talents
  for problem solving and innovation, and they may indeed take pride
  in a job well done; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 85th Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate the Mercenary Robotics team on its
  achievements at the 2017 Brazos Valley Regional FIRST Robotics
  Competition and extend to its members sincere best wishes for
  continued success; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for the team as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.