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Durand Robotics Team Qualifies for States

Team 5282 Had A Big Weekend In Sault Ste. Marie, Winning Awards and Qualifying for States for the First Time

Posted by Durand Now at 8:02pm 4/6/19

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Durand Robotics trailer seen ahead of the team's departure for LSSU./Durand Now photo

The Durand Railroaders Robotics team traveled to Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday for a Friday-Saturday contest that elevated the team to a states qualification for the first time in the team's history.

It wasn't the only celebration for the Railroaders up north and fans back home.  On Friday, the team also won the Pit Safety Award and on Saturday, Durand was awarded the coveted Gracious Professionalism Award.  Announcing the honor on the team's Facebook page, Lead Mentor, Rebecca Shankster said "I don't think there is an award I could be more proud of. Thank you for being kind, helpful, professional, and gracious on and off the field! We have good kids."  Mrs. Shankster was also nominated for the Woodie Flowers award, an honor recognizing mentors who lead, inspire and empower using excellent communication skills.

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Durand Railroaders Team 5282's other Lead Mentor, Justin Shankster, is the featured guest in the latest installment of the  Shiawassee Radio podcast series, ShiaRobots, that follows Shiawassee County's robotics teams through the 2019 season.

The podcast is hosted by Corunna Robotics Lead Mentor Scott Stap and was recorded at the Kettering Week 2 event.  Past guests include Perry Coaches Jan Luft and Jeff Cole and Owosso Coach John Hankerd.  Upcoming episodes will highlight Byron and Morrice.  A follow-up with John Hankerd is in the works as well.

Listen, download and share all the episodes for free at ShiawasseeRadio.com.  Shiawassee Radio is made possible by Blight Propane.

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Lead Mentor of Corunna Robotics "Team FridgeBot," Scott Stap, talks to Durand Railroaders Lead Mentor, Justin Shankster, in a new Shiawassee Radio Series called "ShiaRobots." The series follows Shiawassee County's robotics programs during the 2019 competitive season.
                     
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