Hutto robotics team takes state

Hutto robotics team takes state The Hutto United Robotics team won first place in state in the UIL large school division and first place in Best Overall Multi-State competition. Courtesy photo

HUTTO – The Hutto United Robotics team claimed the 2017 UIL State Championship at the BEST of Texas Robotics Tournament, held Dec. 7-9 at the University of Texas at Dallas. The championship comes after last year's second place finish in the State UIL competition.

The Hutto United team also claimed First Place BEST Overall. The UIL State competition is combined with the BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) regional competition involving teams from Texas and neighboring states. Hutto defeated 72 others schools to claim the BEST title.

In earning the state title, the Hutto team finished first in Exhibit and Interview category, first in Spirit and Sportsmanship, second in Marketing Presentation, third in Robot Design, and fifth in Head to Head Robot competition.

"This has been six years in the making," said Hutto United Coach Andrew Haub. "When we first began, we only had 16 students and never dreamed of reaching this level. The students have a drive and work ethic you couldn't imagine, and it shows that hard work pays off! I am so proud of them!"

The Hutto United Team is made up of 75 students from Hutto High School, Hutto Middle School and Farley Middle School. In addition to Haub, the coaches are Michelle Thorne from the high school; Ryan Mann and Joseph Sweeney from Hutto Middle School; and Mistie Young from Farley Middle School.

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