Every thinking adult in this area needs to stand and applaud the teams from Davenport West High School that brought home the world championship in the FIRST tech challenge robotics competition.
This accomplishment beats the whole gamut of sports wins. You cannot win enough trophies in sports events to equal this achievement. They out-performed the best of the "challenge" teams in the world; imagine that.
When you work with these kids and understand what they do, you are left in awe of the potential impact they can make on our culture. Yes, they designed and built a robot that did some cool stuff, but more than that, they demonstrated that Americans have what it takes to excel.
The single overriding trait that carries the day in this competition is "gracious professionalism." Simply put, being a decent human being, respectful of all the qualities that made us the world's best and most revered society on this planet. These kids practice the basic rule of humanity that have the power to make our nation as strong and as dedicated to freedom as it once was.
Even more remarkable are the parents, mentors, sponsors and the teachers that backed these kids. They gave their time and their talent to nurture an idea that our way of life is as grand as we all hope it is.
They earned an honor for our small spot on the map that says, “Fly over our town if you want, but look here for leadership when you finally learn the value of true freedom."