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A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Gina Capellazzi / Catholic Courier    |    06.27.2019
Category: Our Two Cents


A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! What is that rare thing you hope to accomplish during your lifetime?

For Catholics, it may be seeing the pope in person. For athletes, it may be earning a trip to the Super Bowl or the Olympics.

This week, I met eight students from Pittsford’s St. Louis School, who will be getting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this weekend. They have been selected from more than 40,000 teams worldwide as one of 20 semifinalists advancing to the ninth-annual FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Awards in San Jose, Calif. The students will be demonstrating their invention, “Magnetic Dodgeball,” a game that features magnets embedded in clothing and magnetically polarized balls. The game is intended for use by astronauts to help them improve their fitness, flexibility and mental focus while they are in space.

St. Louis School is the only school from New York state and the only Catholic school selected for this competition. These eight students will spend three days collaborating with other student innovators from around the world, and the top three teams will be selected for cash awards to further develop their innovations.

Talking with some of the students, you can tell they are very excited! What a special moment it is for these young innovators! They will probably never get another chance like this again, but I’m sure the experiences they will have over the next few days will be something they will remember for the rest of their lives.

And while we may long for these rare “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunities, each day God gives us is special and an opportunity to recognize our gifts and blessings that we have received in life.

Safe travels and good luck to St. Louis’ Eight Magneteers!

Capellazzi is the Catholic Courier’s new media coordinator. Check out the Courier’s August “Back-to-School” edition for her story on the Eight Magneteers as well as a link to her video on the team.

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