3/25/16 and 3/26/16 – Friday and Saturday – Final Countdown and Goodbyes

The day was Friday. The air felt ripe. Team 696 entered the stadium for the last days of qualifications. Setting up in the stands and pit came naturally, much like muscle reflex. Before many of the other teams even entered the stands, Team 696 was ready.

The last of the qualification rounds flew right by, with Team 696 ranked top 8. Feeling good as they left the building, The Circuit Breakers ate a hearty dinner and headed to bed early. They knew a good-night’s sleep was key to being fully prepared for what was yet to come.

The air was chilly with a faint sea-breeze wafting up to the hotel. Team 696 had gathered all their belongings and packed it onto the bus as it was their last day, Saturday, in Ventura.

After a final breakfast meal at Denny’s, Team 696 headed to finish what they started. The time where the top ranking teams chose who to form an alliance with had finally begun.

Team 696 was chosen, but gratefully declined. The team which Circuit Breakers were going to ask to join their alliance was also chosen but declined, meaning they could not be on the same alliance anymore.

Nevertheless, Team 696 chose two other teams from the group of highly potential and hard-workers that is FIRST Robotics teams, making a full alliance.

The matches were close, but Team 696 ended up getting eliminated before the Final round. Staying till the end, Team 696 gave encouragement to the remaining teams.

Following the Final’s Match, it was time to announce the winners of various awards. Team 696 was flattered to receive their first ever Gracious Professionalism Award.

After the awards’ ceremony, Circuit Breakers packed up and were headed for home. While they had lost, spirits stayed positive on the ride home, congratulating each other and speaking praise about the other teams.

Once back at Clark, Team 696 members were given a short speech that warmed everyone’s hearts. Then they all went their separate ways to get a good night’s sleep.

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