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The West Linn High School Robotics Team '2B Determined' competes in the Storm Surge competition. 

PMG PHOTO: MIA RYDER-MARKS - A team photo of West Linn High School's robotics team '2B Determined'. While listening to "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen and dressed in Halloween costumes, tool belts and protective eyewear, West Linn High School students huddled around a large robot — focusing intently on the next match.

On Saturday, Oct. 30, the West Linn High School Robotics team "2B Determined" competed in the Storm Surge competition. For many, their second competition since the beginning of the academic year offered a chance to prove themselves alongside their 2020 robot known as the "Supernova."

The team experienced some software malfunctions during the event and was knocked down to eighth place leading up to the semifinals. However, during the alliance selection portion, the West Linn crew was a first pick for the "fourth alliance" team.PMG PHOTO: MIA RYDER-MARKS - 2BDetermined competed in a nerveracking round after some software issues.

After a neck-and-neck competition, West Linn lost in the last semifinal round. However, the students are ready to reclaim their title at the December Bunny Bots competition, which will include water-themed activities.

Tim Manes, one of the mentors of the 51-person team, said 2B Determined welcomed over 30 new members since the beginning of school. A lot of the newcomers had been a part of the team's summer STEM camps.

PMG PHOTO: MIA RYDER-MARKS - The West Linn robotics team control their robot behind a pexiglass window. The robot shoots foam balls into goals and performs deadlifts for extra bonus points. Lauren Gault, a freshman who is part of the mechanics crew, joined the team after participating in one of the summer camps hosted by the robotics group.

"I love the community and how it's the least clique-y high school experience I've ever had. You can go up and talk to anyone and they're happy to talk. And if you have a question, you'll always get an answer," Gault said.

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