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Highland students travel the world.
Monday night, the school board approved two trips to Detroit and Washington, D.C., for students. Discussion of a third trip to Spain was postponed until the April 23 meeting.
The Detroit trip is for the school robotics team – the Finger Tightans – to attend the world championships April 25-28.
The robotics team qualified to go to the world competition in March, placing as a finalist for the Think Award in regional competition in Cedar Rapids with teams from 11 states. The Think Award recognizes the top engineering notebooks in the competition.
Team adviser Timothy Surine told the board that the team is working hard and may build a new robot for the upcoming competition.
Last year, the team was invited to worlds as a wild-card team. Their experience to that level of competition motivated them this year, Surine said.
“They are still working really hard,” he told the board.
He said fundraising and community support has covered the team entry fee, hotels and transportation, but students are still trying to raise money to cover the cost of meals.
There is a hitch.
The Detroit competition falls on the same weekend as the Highland prom. Some students may come back early to attend prom, while others will be attending the “robo prom” in Detroit.
“They do get to go to robo prom, and I think they are happy about that,” Surine said.
The board also signed off on a student trip to Washington, D.C., scheduled for March 18-21, 2019.
Adviser Jeff Collins said the trip will be a joint venture with Lone Tree High School. He hopes to have 15 students sign up for the trip. Lone Tree has 16 students scheduled to go.
Those going will need to bring comfortable schools. Collins said on a previous trip, students averaged walking eight to 10 miles per day.
“The reason I want to take the trip is to give our kids a chance to see our capital,” Collins said.