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CVHS wins in own robotics tournament
Central Valley High School hosted 40 teams from 17 high schools for the Central Valley VEX Robotics Tournament Dec. 10 with its own three teams becoming tournament champions.

"It was a fight to the end, however, our three teams were able to prevail," said CVHS teacher Sara Wilson.

Central Valley High School robotics teams 4033A, 4033B, 4033C are now qualified for worlds competition in April in Anaheim. This will be the second year for CVHS to attend the world competition. Last year's competition was held in Orlando, Fla.

"The tournament went great," reported Wilson. "There was a great crowd that came out to support our school and the tournament was a huge success. We had over 12 staff members volunteer to help and lots of students and parent volunteers as well."

Wilson said her teams work after school nearly every day to design and build their robots.

"I am extremely proud of my teams."

The VEX Robotics competition is the largest and fastest growing middle and high school robotics program globally with more than 3,500 teams from 20 countries playing in over 250 tournaments worldwide. This year's game, VEX Gateway, challenged students to score balls and barrels into goals at varying heights within a prescribed time period. Students aim to build the most innovative robots possible and work together to obtain the most points possible.

In addition to just having a great time and building robots, through their participation in the VEX Robotics Competition and their work within their team, students will learn many academic and life skills, said Wilson.