“For a second-year team — or for any team — to be 24th in the state, that’s really good,” he said. “Seeing students gain knowledge and experience, and grow in their understanding of the world around them, that’s the exciting part to me.”
The team has done well during its competition season, including taking home first place in the West Michigan District Championship at Grand Valley State University in March.
There are several ways a team may qualify for the state competition, which will be held April 12-14 at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. One way is by accumulating points from each competition. A team gains points by winning awards, events or being an alliance captain, according to Priese.
When a team reaches about 60 points, then it is likely they will qualify for the state match, Priese said. The Buc‘n’Gears team is heading to state with 87 points. There, they will be competing against 63 other teams.
The team is holding a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 13178 Lakeshore Ave. in Grand Haven Township. All proceeds from the sale will go toward the team’s registration fee for the state match.
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