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Robotics team wins chairman's award

On March 15, the Alexandria robotics team (Mechatronics 3313) went into its first competition of the season, the Grand Forks Great Northern Regional, with the confidence that they built a robot that could qualify for the FIRST Robotics World Tournament.

After finishing the qualifying rounds with a result of 7-3, Alexandria's Mechatronics 3313 team was selected as the eighth alliance with team 8 Paly Robotics from Palo Alto, California.

Mechatronics 3313 fell short while facing the top two alliances before qualifying for the world tournament April 24-27 in Detroit.

Mechatronics 3313 won the Chairman's Award, given out to the team that builds a model that best exemplifies what FIRST Robotics is all about. It's given to the team that emphasized the competitive nature of the event while changing the culture around the sport that will inspire greater levels of respect in the honor of science and technology.

The Alexandria robotics team competed in the Minnesota North Star Regional March 27-30 in Minneapolis. Mechatronics 3313 completed the qualifying rounds with a 10-0 result and solidified themselves at the undisputed top team in the regional. After choosing two alliances with Apple Valley and Norwood Young America, Alexandria fell in its third match to knock them out of the tournament.

Sophomore Kailei Johnson was selected as the Dean's List recipient from the pool of sophomores and juniors. Mechatronics 3313 also took home the judges' award.

Mechatronics 3313 will also compete in the MSHSl state tournament on May 18.

WCA qualifies 19 for speech sectional

Nathan Lewis, a West Central Area senior, accomplished his goal of earning a trip to the state tournament April 12-13 with a third-place finish in poetry at the Section 6A speech tournament in Pillager on Saturday, April 6, said coach Kari Kreft.

"We are excited for Nathan's trip to the state tournament, saddened that the speech season has ended for the rest of our speakers and look forward to next year's season as we have so much potential talent in next year's team," she said.

Seventy percent of the team that qualified for sections are junior high students, she said, adding that she is excited about the program's future.

Other tournament highlights: Ava Jahnke finished her season ranked first in her first round of prose; new dramatic duo Declan Johnson and Ian Wittbrodt finished in the middle of the standings in a competitive category while Spencer Engen did the same in informative speech; and Isaac Kreft just missed the cut to finals.

In a March 25 sub-section meet, West Central Area finished just three points behind second-place Browerville/Eagle Valley, advancing 19 speakers and five alternates to Pillager.

Alomere Health Auxiliary announces scholarship

The Alomere Health Auxiliary is accepting applications for its scholarship program, which awards up to $1,000 to encourage an individual to seek continued education in a health-related field.

To qualify for this scholarship, an applicant must: show successful admission to an institution of higher education; live within the areas served by Alomere Health; and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. An applicant may apply for the scholarship more than once; however, may receive the award only once.

The Auxiliary Scholarship Committee selects the scholarship recipient. Applications must be received by May 31 and the scholarship will be awarded by July 1.

For application forms or more information, contact Vickie Olmschenk at 320-762-6024 or email