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Vale robotics team to match skills with world competitors

The Vale High School Robotics team (from left) of Dan Wenger, Japheth Carlson and Marco Ramirez recently claimed an Excellence Award during competition in Salem. Their teammates, Porter McKrola, Jonas Grout, Jacob Maxwell, and Briggs Marvin will move onto the Ved Robotics World Championship Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, in April. (Submitted photo)

VALE – A Vale High School robotics team will journey to Kentucky next month to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship Tournament.

The Viking team of Porter McKrola, Jonas Grout, Jacob Maxwell, and Briggs Marvin qualified for the world competition at the state tournament last weekend at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.

“It is fantastic that we got a team to Worlds,” said Jim Schaffeld, Vale High School Robotics team coach.

The Viking squad entered into the state tournament’s 32-team qualifying bracket for . . .