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Ready, set, robot at Mount Michael

Teams from Mercy High School in Omaha and Crete High School in Crete combined to claim top honors Feb. 24 in a robotics tournament at Mount Michael Benedictine High School near Elkhorn.

The win qualified both teams for the national competition April 12-15 in Atlanta, Ga.

Members of the Mercy team included Mandy Hohman, Alyssa Hernandez, Anna Berg, Liz Kinzer, Sarah Veys, Susan Davis and Amanda Wiese. The Mercy team also earned the Think Award, presented for the best journey through the design process, as recorded in a competition notebook.

Team BAPHLE, from Mount Michael, won the Inspire Award for best exemplifying all components of the challenge philosophy and also will go to the national competition in Atlanta. Team members are Patrick Harder, Jacob Benes, Adam Prusa and Gus Thiele.

Fifteen teams from five states competed in the Mount Michael event. Competition runners-up were two Mount Michael teams, Papa Smurf and Officious Martinets.

The robotics competition was the culmination of work for the students which began in September. The students used the Vex Robotics Design System, consisting of metal parts for a chassis, sensors, motors, a transmitter/receiver and gears to construct and program a fully programmable robot capable of competing.

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