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November 12, 2023

For information on enrollment and registration at Notre Dame Prep, an independent, Catholic, International Baccalaureate school, please visit the admissions section of our website here.

No. 1-ranked Notre Dame Prep middle schoolers secure the top three awards in Saturday's VEX Robotics tourney in Plainwell, qualify for states.

From left, seventh-graders David Ma, Thomas Binkowski and Graden Grech are with their three awards earned at the Nov. 11 VEX Robotics Competition in Plainwell, Mich. More photos below.


On Saturday, a team from Notre Dame Prep traveled to Plainwell, Michigan, just north of Kalamazoo, to compete in the Third Annual Plainwell Robotics Club VRC Tournament Over-Under Tournament, which was a state region 4 qualifier event.

Seventh-graders Thomas Binkowski, Graden Grech and David Ma, or team 3333Y "Wynaut," competed head-to-head at Plainwell High School against 19 other teams in their age group and came out on top, bringing home the three highest awards handed out at the event.

According to Jerry Palardy, NDP robotics team mentor and coach, the awards qualified the team for the Michigan Middle School State Championship to be held in Grandville in February.

"The team was tournament champion along with their alliance partner, team 457A from Jenison and they won the design award for their organized and professional approach to the engineering design process," Palardy said. "Finally, they won the skills champion award, which is given to the team that can score the most points independently (with no opponent) in both driving and autonomous modes."

Palardy also noted that the seventh graders' skills score ranked them No. 1 in the state of Michigan for their age group.

For information on enrollment and registration at Notre Dame Prep, an independent, Catholic, International Baccalaureate school, please visit the admissions section of our website here.

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School 
Notre Dame Preparatory School is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame Preparatory School's upper school enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame Prep's middle and lower schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three schools are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the National Association of Independent Schools. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School, visit the school’s home page at www.ndpma.org.