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Vale High School robotics team once again clinches top honors

VALE – Gridiron success is as much a part of Vale as onions, alfalfa and the ethos of the cowboy, but during the past five years another competitive team has racked up a series of triumphs.

The ongoing success of the Vale High School robotics team may surprise some but not instructor Jim Schaffeld.

Under Schaffeld’s tutelage robotics team members captured top wins at the state robotics tournament to earn four trips to the world competition.

This year was no different and the four-person team of Landon McKrola, Xander Frates, Eli Mendieta and David Chudleigh will test their skills at the Vex Robotics World Championships in Dallas, Texas, May 5 through May 7.

McKrola, Frates, Mendieta and Chudleigh finished with the seventh highest team skills score at the VEX Oregon State Tournament in Eugene March 12 to earn a journey to Texas.

The next competition features teams from across . . .