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WDC's robotics team finishes in top 25 at regional contest

The WDC Robotics team took 24th place at the 10,000 Lakes Regional Event in Minneapolis. Courtesy photo.1 / 2
This year’s robotics team, the sWolverines, are pictured with their robot. Kneeling, from left: Elissa Ikola and McKenna Wangsness; back, from left: Bailey Kaufman, Nick Kine, Andrew McCullough, Konnor Stueve, Derek Plautz, Leah Spilman, Isaac Ries and Shane Snyder, robotics coach. Photo by Dana Pavek, WDC Schools.2 / 2

Wadena-Deer Creek High School's FIRST Robotics team finished a respectable 24th out of 63 teams at the 10,000 Lakes Regional Event, April 5-8 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

WDC robotics coach, Shane Snyder, said he was very proud of the robotics team's performance at the regional contest.

"We ended the season 4-4-0 in Minneapolis. Our robot performed great, piloted by Isaac Ries. We were able to positively contribute to our team each match putting up points with both gears and climbing the rope for 50 points every match but one. This year was probably the best performance by a team that I've ever been a part of. I'm very proud of the team and how everyone came together to do great work this year and hope to see them all back next year," said Snyder, who's in his third year as head coach.

Team members included Elissa Ikola, Bailey Kaufman, Nick Kine, Andrew McCullough, Derek Plautz, Isaac Ries, Leah Spilman, Konnor Stueve and McKenna Wangsness.

The nine-member team, along with their coach, built the robot after school and on weekends over a six-week season starting in January. In addition to working on the robot, this year's team added physical fitness to their regiment by lifting weights together to stay in shape and become more cohesive as a team.

The purpose behind the First Robotics program is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders. WDC began its robotics program in 2011.

Special thanks to the following 2017 monetary supporters: 3M, WDC, Arvig, Wadena, Bluffton and Deer Creek Lions, Wadena Rotary, United Church of Christ - Lamson Trust, Signs & Designs, McCullough Family, Browne Foundation and Kern Laser.