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Pequot Lakes Robotics Team finishes 30 out of 75

The Pequot Lakes Patriotics Robotics team returned home from St. Louis FIRST World Championship ranked 30 out of 75 among teams from around the globe.

The Pequot Lakes Patriotics Robotics team returned home from St. Louis FIRST World Championship ranked 30 out of 75 among teams from around the globe.

According to Firstinspires.org, the event was the largest robotics competition in the world.

The team won the judge's Rookie All-Star award during their Duluth regional competition on March 3-5. Their robot excelled at defense breaking and shooting at low goals during that event, which did not work to their advantage at the world championship.

"We were not selected for an alliance in the elimination rounds. It seemed that everyone was looking for high goal shooters, which we were unable to do effectively," said Nate Novak, head mentor for the team.

As this team's very first year in robotics, their performance was recognized as admirable by their coaches as well as the judges at the regional competition.

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"The team did well for rookies and we learned a lot," Novak said. "Looking forward to next year we will have a good core group of students back and hopefully we can build on this year's success to grow the team and the community involvement."

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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