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Good things happening in Brookhaven, Lincoln County

Last week was full of good news in Lincoln County and Brookhaven. From a national robotics competition to a state title in archery, there was plenty of positive news to be found on the pages of The Daily Leader.

Here’s a look back at some of those stories.

• A robot named Phoenix took a small team from Bogue Chitto to Houston to see the world.

The Bogue Chitto Technocats — freshmen Justin Kyzar and Hugh Greer, sophomores Jaylee Martin and Camryn White, juniors Bruce Smith and Faith Dickerson and seniors Ian Jeansonne, Trequan Dorsey and Dakota West — didn’t win first place in their division at the FIRST Tech Challenge world championship, but the knowledge they brought back is gold.

“Even though we hoped for a better showing, we proved that we belong in the same company as the biggest and best schools around the globe,” Principal Scott Merrell said. “I cannot express just how proud I am of the teachers and the students that worked so hard to achieve such a high level of success. That’s how we do things at BC.”

• Brookhaven Little Theater’s production of “Peter Pan” is set to break presell ticket records. Every showing is expected to be sold out.

“Tickets are going fast, and are continuing to go fast,” said BLT Artistic Director Emily Waterloo. “We have already beaten last year’s ‘Mary Poppins’ in early ticket sales.”

• Brookhaven Academy’s archery team won the MAIS 2A championship recently.

“Our kids really worked hard at this, and they deserve the recognition,”  coach Kelly McDonald said. “We started working in November, and then everything carried over into the competitions. We only had one tournament that we really fell off, but we rebounded in the state championship tournament. We wound up shooting well at South State and won the championship there.”

• The Lincoln County Master Gardeners visited elementary schools in Brookhaven and out in the rural areas of the county to give out watermelon seeds to fourth-graders and to share information on how one of those seeds could grow into a $100 watermelon. That’s the top prize in the contest, which is open to any fourth-grade student either in public or private school or homeschooled. The object is for the student to plant the seeds they’re given, take care of their plants and grow a prize-winning watermelon.