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COLDWATER— The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities Board met some members of the Coldwater High School Robotics team that it sponsored this year.
The students have competed in two Michigan events.
Team 6425 was Rank 10 with a record of 12-7-0 and won the Rookie All Star Award and District Event Finalist at Centerline High School March 9 to March 11.
The team competed first in districts at Lakeview High School in Calhoun County the weekend before.
The team members explained that the teams help each other to improve their robots during the two-day competition.
Teams fill out gracious professionalism cards when others help.
Everyone wants to make the robots the best they can be.
Science teacher Larry Burns said three teams create alliances to compete against other alliances in the challenges.
He said that the group could use more community mentors to work with the students, who design, build and program the robots to compete in various game tasks.
CBPU sponsored the robotics team at the high school in its first year and will continue to support the program.
CHS Principal Bill Milnes thanked CBPU for stepping up to sponsor the program.
"We are really glad we are able to celebrate their rookie year", Milnes said
CBPU Director Paul Beckhusen said that the utility sponsored the program in hopes that the students would find careers as engineers or in related technical fields and remain in the community, even possibly coming to work for CBPU.
CBPU also upped its sponsorship for Tibbits Opera House Foundation for 2017. Like last year, when it paid $4,000 to sponsor a musical during the summer theater series, it will sponsor a show this year.
Tibbits Executive Director Christine Delaney said the cost this year is $3,500, since it will be a play.
She recommended the hilarious farce by Ken Ludwig, The Fox on the Fairway, which takes a comical spin on the golf course. It will be presented Aug. 10
Since the cost is less, Delaney asked CBPU to up its contribution to $5,000.
The Corporate Director level of membership will also include recognition at both of Tibbits signature events, with a hole sponsorship at the golf outing and a sponsor recognition at the Annual Auction.
"Tibbits support is an opportunity to have an impact on the community, demonstrate the organization's support of arts and culture, and receive broad visibility for the CBPU name and services", said Delaney.