PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A local high school robotics team won a recent regional championship. The local team was one of 23 teams that participated in the FIRST TECH Challenge event for high school robotics teams. The team calls itself “LOADING” and includes members Halley Ketteler, Matt Darnall, Seth Snyder, Zyne Snyder, Nate Remmich, Stephan Rae and Sam Ryckman. They are coached by Scott Darnall and Nancy Ketteler and mentored by Jim Hicks. “LOADING” won two bids, and it takes only one to advance to the state tournament. They won the INSPIRE Award, which is the highest honor, for overall performance. They also won the Qualifying Tournament Alliance Award for scoring the highest in the field competition. In addition, the Pierre team was noted for showing “gracious professionalism”, in which FIRST Robotics teams are taught to compete strongly, but with integrity. The team now plans head to the Iowa State FIRST TECH Challenge robotics competition in Iowa City,Iowa on February 22 & 23. They are currently accepting contributions to defray their entry and travel expenses and funds can be donated at the SD Discovery Center. The team is sponsored through a Kids Helping Kids Turner Foundation grant, the Discovery Center and SMART Software, Inc. of Pierre.
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