BattleCry 2024

Merrimack High School FIRST Robotics Team Competes at BattleCry @ WPI

Chop Shop took home the coveted Best BattleCry award for the team with the most team spirit during the competition.

 The Merrimack High School FIRST Robotics team, Chop Shop 166, traveled to Worcester, Massachusetts to compete at BattleCry @ WPI, which was our last event of the school year. At the event, Chop Shop 166 competed with and against 58 other teams from New England, New York, Pennsylvania and even Ohio.

“BattleCry is one of the most fun off-season events we participate in with special game rules and a wild 60 team bracket,” said Matt Murray, mentor of Chop Shop 166. “BattleCry is one of the only events outside of the World Championships, where we get the chance to compete against teams from outside of our district.”

Over the course of two days of fast paced qualifying matches, Chop Shop placed 4th out of 59 teams and headed into the playoffs serving as the Captain of the 3rd alliance. We advanced as far as the semi-finals before getting eliminated by one of the eventual alliance finalists. 

One of our captains, Tim, said that  BattleCry@WPI  “was a very worthy event for our seniors to finish with. We treated it as our last official competition, and it truly showed. Winning the ‘Best BattleCry’ award, we really showed how much we grew as a team this year, not only with our robot but with our culture. I could not be more proud of the performance of this team over the 2024 season, and wish our seniors off with a checkered flag wave as they finish their chapter on Chop Shop and move on to college.”

The judges handed out several off season BattleCry@WPI themed awards. Chop Shop’s team spirit was recognized by the panel and we were awarded the Best BattleCry award which will be proudly displayed in our shop.