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The Republican Newspaper - Established 1877 - Garrett County, Maryland - Thursday, July 2, 2015 -
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May. 18, 2017

FIRST® LEGO® League recently announced 20 semi-finalist robotics teams would advance to the seventh annual Global Innovation Award. Garrett County's NeXT GEN FLL Team 3659 was selected from entries from 30 countries for its "outstanding" project innovative solution, the BeeHaven, which demonstrated "originality while having the potential to add significant value in the world." The team will be in Washington, D.C., June 18-20, to present the project to expert judges. All semi-finalists will participate in the hands-on event at the Kellogg Conference Center, which culminates in the awarding of the top prize of $20,000 to continue work on the invention. Two runners-up will take home $5,000 each. Pictured are NeXT GEN members posing with their invention. From left, clockwise, are Jett Miller, Savannah Jenkins, Emilia Germain, Jarrett Miller, Sara Huelskamp, Connor Madigan, Keaton Beachy, Serena Lewis, and Noah Beakes. The students attend Northern Middle, Southern Middle, and Swan Meadow schools. The Global Innovation Award is sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, John Deere, LEGO Education, NRG, Rockwell Collins, and XPRIZE, in collaboration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.