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Denison High robotics team confident after regional win

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The Denison High School Robotics Team examines its latest creation. (KTEN) The Denison High School Robotics Team examines its latest creation. (KTEN)
The Denison High School Robotics Team took first place honors in a competition against 54 other schools in North Texas. (Courtesy) The Denison High School Robotics Team took first place honors in a competition against 54 other schools in North Texas. (Courtesy)
The Denison High School Robotics Team at work on their latest project. (KTEN) The Denison High School Robotics Team at work on their latest project. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- The Denison High School robotics team won big this weekend.

They competed against 54 other teams in North Texas and took first place. The team will now advance to State for the eighth year in a row.

"Feels like I'm on top of the the world right now!" senior Christopher Craze said, adding that coming in on top was a highlight of his time on the robotics team.

"Kind of the way a sporting event is fun, where you're not directly participating but you have a team in there that you're rooting for, and you you just feel the energy in the air... it's amazing."

Robotics team teacher Aaron Pridemore said the team's dedication is astounding.

"We worked a lot on this robot. I'd say we put 20-plus hours into each piece of the robot, maybe even more," Pridemore said. "I would say it's one of our best products in the past seven years, and we're really proud of it. Last year the team got seventh place in state out of over 700 teams."

So how are they preparing this year? 

"More practice, more practice, more practice!" Craze said. "We may rebuild the robot and fine-tune some small issues that we had and just get prepared for state."

Craze said he is confident the Denison High team can win at the State tournament in December.

"Without a doubt, yes," he said. "We're top seed in the country right now, getting high scores in sections that other schools aren't even coming close to."

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