ENGINEERING THE FUTURE: The Guzzoline Robotics team, which recently won a state-level competition, formed through local nonprofit Ashebots. A-B Tech provides a space for the youths of Ashebots to explore robotics concepts with guidance from adult mentors several times per week.

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a youth education group’s advancement into a multi-state robotics competition; local author Jason Chestnut’s dream to publish his debut novel; and A.C. Reynolds High School marching band’s quest to buy 25 additional uniforms.