Local Teens Win Mobile Robotics Championship

Alden Rowlyk (left) and Anthony Wolk (right) with their first place metals.

WOOLWICH TWP. — Alden Rowlyk from Woolwich Township and Anthony Wolk from ​Mantua Township recently won the Skills USA New Jersey State Championship for Mobile Robotics.

The duo earned another gold in the 2024 robotics competition. This is Alden’s third year as the New Jersey State Champion, and Anthony’s second year earning first place.

Coach John Takach, Anthony Wolk (left) and Alden Rowlyk (right), and GCIT Principal Sybil Girard

The team of two are seniors representing Gloucester County Institute of Technology. Alden attends the collegiate high school for engineering. Upon graduation, he will be pursuing a degree at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida for mechanical engineering with a focus on robotics and autonomous systems.

Anthony attends GCIT for computer science. Upon graduation this June, he will attend Rowan University in Glassboro for computing and informatics.

From this first place win, the robotics duo advanced to the Skills USA National Championship competition in Atlanta, Georgia where they will compete this June against other state titleholders.

In 2022, the team of two ranked 21st in the nation. In 2023, they ranked 13th in the nation. Alden and Anthony are determined to earn a Top 10 spot or greater this year.

They would like to thank their GCIT Principal Ms. Sybil Girard and their Skills USA Robotics Coach, Mr. John Takach, for their continued support. They also helped secure funding for the robotics field, parts, and tools which are quite costly so the seniors could pursue their passion.

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