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National honors for Team RUSH

Team RUSH celebrates winning the Chairman's Award. Photo provided (click for larger version)
April 30, 2014 - Clarkston's Team RUSH earned national acclaim at the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Clarkston High School technology team won the Chairman's Award, the highest honor given at the championship to recognize the team best embodying the purpose and goals of FIRST.

"It was absolutely amazing," said Kyle Hughes, team coach. "The students and the mentors are still living the dream – we had an incredible weekend."

The award inducts the team into the FIRST Robotics Hall of Fame. Team RUSH (Respect, Unity, Spirit, Heart) also took second in their division; top 8 in the world for their robot; and junior Camron Razdar was awarded "Dean's List" as a top 10 world member.

Teams took to the field, where competing Alliances scored points by throwing balls over a truss, catching balls, and putting as many balls in goals as possible.

The more Alliances worked together to score, the more points their Alliance received. This year, 68,175 students on 2,727 FRC teams in 17 countries participated in 98 Regional and District competitions.

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