DALLAS — Dallas High School Robotics Team ramRod took top honors at the VEX Robotics State Championship Friday and Saturday.
Team ramRod’s Jake Shryer, Jacob Reimer and Ben Rounds were on the winning alliance, consisting of three teams competing at the tournament.
Seventy teams qualified for the tournament, which took place at North Marion High School in Aurora.
“In the six years of robotics at DHS, teams have brought home a lot of trophies, but this is by far the farthest any team has gone,” said Lee Jones, DHS robotics coach.
The team will now represent Oregon at the Worlds Tournament in Louisville, Ky., in April.
“It is a huge deal,” said Dallas High School Principal Steve Spencer. “I’m a big sports fan and love DHS athletics, but this is as big of a deal to me as anything else because it partners that competition with academics.”
Robotic success is now moving to LaCreole Middle School.
The school’s teams also participated in the first VEX Robotics Middle School State Championship tournament last weekend at North Marion, said Jamie Richardson, LaCreole principal.
Team members Samuel Noack, Brennan Bassham, Jackson Eastland and Walter Crichlow won the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Research Award at the competition.