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Denison students seek state robotics title

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The Denison High School robotics team gets ready for the state championships. (KTEN) The Denison High School robotics team gets ready for the state championships. (KTEN)
Denison High School senior William Craze, left, discusses final preparations with robotics team members. (KTEN) Denison High School senior William Craze, left, discusses final preparations with robotics team members. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- The Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco is known for hosting big sports events. But this weekend, it will be home to a different sort of competition.

The Denison High School robotics team is making its third appearance at the UT Dallas-Texas BEST & UIL State Robotics Championship.

"It's all about cleaning up the oceans and making a robot that can do that," explained teacher Aaron Pridemore.

Senior William Craze is excited about the challenge.

"This is my second year on the team," he said. "I wish I did it freshman year, because it's been great both years so far, and it's just an amazing experience."

He joined the team because he feels it will help him with his future.

"I've been able to make parts and actually see them, which is something that I want to do in the future," Craze said. "I'm able to get lots of experience and hopefully get a certification for it."

On Wednesday, he and teammates were busy making final preparations for the state robotics competition.

"I'm a drafter and a constructor, so I draw parts and AutoCAD, and I laser them out for our team to use in the robot," Craze explained.

In his first year on the robotics team, they came in third place at state. This year, he's hoping they bring home the gold.

"It's going to be amazing... we should do great!" he said.

To get to the state competition, the Denison students had to power past 38 other school squads in Collin County. But even if they don't pull out a win this weekend, the team is still thankful they made it this far.

"Been like a family because everyone I'm with is amazing to work with," Craze said. "It's just a great experience because you learn so many new things and you meet many people and you get so much experience."

The competition starts Thursday and runs through final events on Saturday.

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