The Litchfield Area Girls Robotics Team, front row from left, coach Sanna Lillie, Jillian Saunders, Ivy Lillie, Addie Foss, Dorothy Olmstead and Emma Strub, and back row from left, Cecilia Stone, Sophia Gabriel, Colleen Malo, Grace Thompson and coach Chris Thompson. Contributed photo

The Litchfield Area Girls Robotics Team performed well in the recent Vex Robotics Competition at Mansfield Middle School.

The team’s group of eighth-graders Jillian Saunders, Colleen Malo, Cecilia Stowe and Sophia Gabriele finished third out of 26 teams. The quartet reached the semifinals.

Seventh-graders Grace Thompson and Ivy Lillie and sixth-graders Dorothy Olmstead, Emma Strub and Addie Foss were in 10th place after the qualifying rounds and lost a close match in the first round of single-elimination competition.

The students have worked together as a team since November, meeting weekly to build and program their robots, problem solve through challenges, and in general, prepare to be serious contenders. Coaches Chris Thompson and Sanna Lillie have been outstanding mentors.

The team is sponsored by the Litchfield Education Foundation.