In a display of skill and strategy, Lebanon County’s own FIRST Robotics Team 2539, better known as the Krypton Cougars, clinched their second consecutive win of the season at the Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy competition in Philadelphia from March 15 to 17.

Competing against 28 teams in the FIRST Mid-Atlantic (FMA) district event, the Krypton Cougars showcased their robotics excellence, following up on a previous victory at Hatboro-Horsham.

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After an impressive start with a 6-2 record in the initial rounds, the Cougars surged ahead in their final two qualification matches. This effort propelled them from a prospective sixth seed to the top-ranked alliance captain for the playoffs. By strategically aligning with teams 341 and 5407, they maintained their dominance throughout the playoff series, culminating in a sweeping victory against the fifth-ranked alliance in the finals. This achievement not only secured their second consecutive Springside-Chestnut Hill title but also upheld their unbeaten playoff record for the year at 10-0.

The Krypton Cougars’ robot competes on the floor at the Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy competition in Philadelphia. (Provided photo)

Beyond the competition floor, the Krypton Cougars were recognized for their engineering prowess with the Quality Award, honoring their robust machine design and execution. The team also celebrated a personal achievement as student Anshi Paul was awarded the prestigious FIRST Dean’s List Award. This scholarship recognizes outstanding student leaders who have significantly contributed to their teams and communities, promoting FIRST’s mission and values.

FIRST Dean’s List Award winner Anshi Paul of the Krypton Cougars, right, along with Dean’s List Semi-Finalist Roshi P., left. (Provided photo)

In a press release, the team extended its gratitude to sponsors and supporters who have played a crucial role in their successes. As the team prepares for the upcoming District Championships from April 4 to 6 at Lehigh University, the Krypton Cougars say they are poised to continue their legacy of excellence in robotics.

For additional information about Team 2539 and their journey, visit To learn more about FIRST and its impact on students and communities, visit

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