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SLPS student wins top honors in global robotics competition

ST. LOUIS – Gateway STEM High School student Obike Anwisye has been selected as a 2021 FIRST Robotics Competition Dean’s List Award winner for leadership and dedication in science and technology.

Only 10 students from around the world are given this award each year. Anwisye is the fourth St. Louis area student to win it; Obike’s older brother and Gateway STEM alum Chibale Anwisye won the honor in 2019.  The elder brother is now studying engineering at Purdue University.

Obike Anwisye will be traveling to New Hampshire to meet FIRST Robotics founders Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers, the retired MIT professors who started the robot building competition in 1992.  

“There was a lot of anxiety around if I would be chosen as a winner or not. When they finally said it, everyone in the room was screaming. I was really excited,” Anwisye said.  

He will be a senior at Gateway STEM this year and will captain Team 931 Perpetual Chaos. He will be joined by his 15-year-old sister, who serves as the team’s lead scout.

Obike plans to study architectural engineering after high school and is still deciding which university to attend.

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