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Mid-Michigan high school robotics team to compete at world championship

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It's a Cinderella story that could be crowned with a world title.

A local high school robotic team took the state title in its rookie season.

The winner of the title robotic team match last week in Grand Rapids was the squad from the Ignite Academy of Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools.

It's tough enough to take the championship, but this past season was the first year for the Ignite team.

"It's just so much fun cause everybody's trying to win, but they're also nice about it and everybody works together. You can go to ask another team for help and they'll say yes, even if you go against them the next match," said Shane Fox, with Ignite.

The team is comprised of five boys and three girls. The winner of each round is predicted by the robot that scores the most points with a ball.

The world championship takes place in St. Louis, Missouri next week.

"Usually we like to cross defenses and shoot low goal, but recently we've been doing a lot of defense," said Josh Connelly, with Ignite.

Several mentors have helped coach the students this year.

"The team [is] amazing. We've got a very small group of students here who have done an outstanding job learning how to do programming, learning how to build the robot," said Mike Brown, mentor.

A team from Hemlock High School also placed in the top 10 percent at the state championship and it also headed to the world championship.

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