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REIDSVILLE ROBOTICS TEAM PRESIDENT: OUR HARD WORK PAID OFF

If you're an athlete, you know sports can teach kids a lot about team work, winning and losing. And if you're a member of the robotics team, it's the same story. For a group of students at Reidsville Senior High School, known as the "Hotbotz", a first-place trophy has been a long time coming."I cried, honestly. And I was just so excited. I could not believe that we won. I'm still in shock right now," said Helen Peel, President of the Reidsville High School Robotics Club. For the past months, Peel's garage has turned into the robotics' team's workshop. "While you're working on it, it's very stressful. All kinds of organization, time management and craziness..the most chaotic thing you could ever think of pretty much," said Peel. The team had six weeks to build a robot that could shoot baskets and balance on a bridge. "You don't have any instructions. It's all up to you and your mentors to design it and build it alone," said Peel. "It's got to be inch-by-inch because if you're an inch off, it might miss the basket, which might lose the game for you," said teammate Geoffrey Haigler. The group competed against 43 other robot teams from seven states last weekend and won first place.

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