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Lawrence students advance in robotics tournament

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — All five teams from Lawrence County schools who participated in the Vex robotics tournament on Saturday are now eligible for the state championship.

The group, which was comprised of students from Ironton, Chesapeake and Rock Hill high schools, advanced to the elimination round in the tournament.

The annual competition requires students to build a robot from Vex parts to carry out tasks and score points. The Lawrence County students had the option of participating in either the Ohio or West Virginia tournaments.

The students are part of the Project Lead the Way program, coordinated by Matt Monteville, director of satellite operations for Collins Career Center, who said the teams had “a very successful day.”

During the tournament, schools had to form alliances with others and the three-team alliance of Ironton, Wayne, and Huntingdon high schools took home the championship, Monteville said.