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Ashland robotics team fares well at Oregon City

The Ashland High School Robotics team advanced to the semifinals and placed third — the best finish in team history — at the Pacific Northwest District competition Feb. 28 in Oregon City.

Team 3024's robot failed to pass its initial inspection and struggled during its practice sessions, but bounced back strong to nail down a strong alliance for the elimination portion of the 32-team event. 

Ashland performed well in the quarterfinals to earn its first-ever semifinal berth and barely missed advancing to the finals.

After the competition, Ashland was announced as the winner of the Judges' Award for its "100 Person Project" — a community outreach program that calls for every team member to tell 100 people about the team and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education. 

Ashland next will take its robot to Philomath from March 26 to 28 for a district event.