St. Mary Parish sheriff announces winners of robot naming contest

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Residents of St. Mary Parish ages 6-16 were asked to help name two remotely operated robots. Funded through the Port Security Grant Program, these newest technological members of the Sheriff’s Office are used to explore places too dangerous for police and also serve as ambassadors that help teach children about safety.

Sheriff Mark Hebert announced the winners of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Name the Robot Contest. Names chosen by Madelyn Compton and Bryson Landry will be used when introducing the robots at schools, churches, and visits to the communities of St. Mary Parish.

After seeing both robots exhibited at safety presentations, Compton and Landry decided to participate in the contest. Compton chose the name Armstrong for the larger robot because of its arm. Landry named the smaller robot Joshua. He says he chose that name because of the warrior Joshua in the bible. He said, “The robots are acting as warriors so the name is fitting.”

The winners were presented with $100 Walmart gift cards sponsored by Gator Rigging.

Pictured from left to right on the back row are Abigail and Colleen Askew of Gator Rigging, Madelyn Compton, Bryson Landry, and Sheriff Mark Hebert. In the front from left to right are Armstrong and Joshua.

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