Garrettsville – The James A. Garfield Elementary School robotics team, Team GES FLL Zebra Mussels, competed at the University of Akron on Saturday, January 7 at the FIRST LEGO League competition. This was a makeup date for the snowed in competition in Kirtland from December 10.
Team GES FLL Zebra Mussels was judged on their research, robot design, core values, and robot game play. They earned the Judges Award for making great strides as a rookie team in each of the judging categories. They also won the Alliance Round which combined three FLL team’s robots to score as many points as possible on the game playing field.

Coaches Melinda Ensinger, Kristina Cupples, Derek Hatcher, and Diana Kelly could not be more proud of the team’s performance. The team’s dedication and hard work was evident. A special thank you to the Garfield PTO for sponsoring the team and the support of our building principals, Ms. Leindecker & Mr. Long, as well as Superintendent Ted Lysiak and the Board of Education members.
Team members include fifth graders Hines Estes, Landen Gedeon, Zoey May, Shane Ohlrich, Sophia Scott (not pictured) and sixth graders Cameron Edwards, Max May, Madison Moncoveish, Jackson Sommer, and Daniel Valdman.