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Mitchell Christian Wins USD Robotics Competition

Image 2016 Robotics Competition One of the competitors in USD's High School Robotics Programming Contest watches his entry.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Mitchell Christian High School in Mitchell, South Dakota, won the USD High School Robotics Programming Contest Wednesday at the University of South Dakota.

The teams were sent full robots and were tasked with programming them to complete a maze. The team with the fastest run-time prevailed as the winner.

This year, 27 teams from 19 schools participated in the event sponsored by USD’s computer science department. Winning team members from Mitchell Christian included Luke Knutson, 9th grade, Tanner Jorgensen, 11th, and Andrew Scherrer, 10th. Second place went to 10th graders Ryan Bumann and Ethan Zobel of Odebolt-Archer/Battle Creek-Ida Grove Schools in Ida Grove, Iowa. And Izaak Farrer, 11th grade, and Bradley Shanahan, 10th grade, of Hinton High School in Hinton, Iowa, took third place.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News