Edmonds student advanced to robotics championship

Apr 11, 2018
Courtesy of: Lodestar Ruth Buck

Ruth Buck of Edmonds, a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 4911 CyberKnights, represented King‘s Schools at the Pacific Northwest District Championship April 5-8 in Portland.

She competed for the opportunity to represent the team at the World Championship later this month. Buck competed at a local event hosted at Mount Vernon High School and has advanced as a semifinalist to compete with other academically competitive students in the FIRST program.

The dean’s list award began in 2010 to celebrate outstanding student leaders whose passion and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary. In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of the FIRST most outstanding FRC students, the Kamen family sponsors this award for the selected top students such as Ruth Buck.

Buck has served to expand the dreams and potential of other students around her. As a dwarf at four-feet-two-inches, she pushes through academics and robotics with courage, even when hardships come her way.

Even with these hardships, she has worked around them to be a coach of an all-girls elementary school robotics team, the CyberKnight’s electrical lead-in-training and safety captain, and passionately care for parrots at a bird sanctuary.

“Once I joined FIRST and went to one of the competitions, I felt like I fit right in,” Buck said. “My height doesn’t make me stand out in FIRST. Everyone on every team has their own unique differences, and I love that. FIRST is sort of like one big happy family where everyone is treated equally. FIRST has given me a place to fit in and has shown me how amazing engineering is.”


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