Students honored for participation in robotics world championship

Haley Parnell
Haley Parnell
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Students and coaches from the St. Mary’s School in Alexandria and Campbell County High School were honored by the Alexandria City Council for participating in the VEX Robotics World Championship.

The VEX Robotics World Competition was held in Dallas from April 25 to May 4. There were 800 teams that competed in the high school division and 450 in the grade school division from around the globe. The St. Mary’s and Campbell County High School teams defeated teams in regional and state tournaments to represent Kentucky at the world championship.

“Making it to the world tournaments is not easy,” St. Mary’s robotic coach Tom Rowe said. “So, they really came on strong this year.”

The students were given proclamations from the Alexandria City Council at their June 1 meeting for their achievements. 

“The mayor and city council of the city of Alexandria hereby proclaim the gratitude and pride of the entire community for their participation and contribution to the success of their team,” Alexandria Mayor Andy Schabell read from the proclamation.

Rowe said his team’s hard work and ability to work together set them apart to make the world tournament.

“They all have a very good work ethic,” Rowe said. “They’re smart, but all the teams have smart kids, so what sets our teams apart is their teamwork. They figured out that they have to work together, be unselfish, and do what the team needs them to do to be successful.”

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