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Rockwall High School robotics team student officers attend National Advocacy Conference

(ROCKWALL, TX — January 15, 2018) Student officers of the Rockwall High School robotics team, the Full Metal Jackets, recently flew to Washington, DC to attend the 2017 FIRST National Advocacy Conference (NAC). Only 40 teams from around the World attended the conference and these four students were the only ones from Texas.

The student officers are Gabriel Colmenares, president; Brandon Taylor, EVP of robotic operations; Hannah Cowgill, EVP of public relations and Aaron Smith, EVP of business operations.

Students took part in the three-day conference that consisted of trainings and speakers preparing them for meetings with their Senators and Members of Congress in their offices on Capitol Hill. They were able to meet at the offices of Chairman Hensarling, Senator Cornyn, Congressman Sessions and Representative Ratcliffe.

RHS Robotics Student Officers Gabriel Colmenares, Brandon Taylor, Hannah Cowgill, and Aaron Smith with Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST.

Representative Ratcliffe met with the students, discussing STEM education, where Ratcliffe gave the team members an insight about Cyber Security and STEM initiatives changing the workforce and also the world.

At the NAC after party, the students met Dean Kamen, the founder of FIRST.

While in Washington, DC, the students visited the US Capitol, Library of Congress, Smithsonian museums, numerous monuments and Arlington National Cemetery.

Submitted press release.

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