Orion High robotics team in Illinois advances to state tournament

The Orion High School robotics team, “All Charged Up,” competed in the Peoria / Western Illinois First Tech Challenge qualifier event on February 12 at Peoria Manual High School. The team received third place for the Inspire award and first place for the Motivate award. The team now advances to the state tournament at Elgin Community College on March 12.

Three senior girls, Avery Monson, Madison Greenwood and Mackenzie Washburn head up the Orion team. Monson acted as the team captain, and aspires to major in engineering at the University of Nebraska. Teammate Greenwood was the leader of the business and outreach team, and will head to Augustana next fall. Washburn was a member of the sub-build team, and has not yet decided which university she will attend.

Greenwood and Monson have been involved in the robotics program since middle school.

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