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Nipomo High School robotics team advancing to world competition

For the first time, Nipomo High School’s Titan Robotics team has qualified three robots for the VEX World Robotics Championships in April.

The team of 10 high-schoolers competed in the final tournament before the world competition last weekend in Lemoore, qualifying two more robots — “Phoenix” and “Mikkel-bot” — in addition to “Apple Pie,” which had already qualified for the world championship that will bring middle school and high school students from across the country and globe to the ESPN Sports Center at Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., April 14 through 16.

It’s the fourth consecutive year the team has qualified, said team coach and Nipomo High School math teacher Greg Gracia.

Orcutt Academy battles for world competition

Students at Orcutt Academy High School are trying to qualify for the world’s Annual FIRST USA Robotics competition in St. Louis, Miss.

Twenty-six academy high-schoolers built a 124-pound robot that can operate through control or autonomously to compete this weekend at a competition in Long Beach. The team hopes to qualify for the world contest that takes place April 27 through 30.

The Long Beach competition, which started Thursday and ends Saturday, involves three different robotics events.

Lopez High student makes final round

Kaden Howard, a senior at Lopez High School, made it to the final round in the state level of the Poetry Out Loud contest, but he fell short of moving on to nationals.

After winning his school’s recitation contest in February, Kaden beat out five other San Luis Obispo County school winners to move on to the statewide competition in Sacramento last weekend.

Kaden recited his three poems for the state judges and made it into the third and final round, which put him in the top 14 of 34 student competitors, said Lopez High Principal Christine Granados.

“He didn't win or place, but he did a great job,” Granados said.

Cathy Dahl Kunkel, the teacher who brought the national recitation contest to Lopez High, went with Kaden to Sacramento and said it was a really positive experience.

“He rocked his poems,” she said.

Hancock College to host car show

Hancock College is planning an Auto-Tech Car Club Car Show on Saturday, April 2.

Car enthusiasts are encouraged to come check out and support the college’s Auto-Tech Car Club from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the performing arts center parking lot.

The nonprofit organization’s evemt will include a dunking booth, barbecue, shave ice and cool cars.

Admission and parking for the event is free, but vehicle show entry fees are $10 per car.

For more information, contact Caytlin Ortiz at 423-5325 or