WACO Lego team earns state berth

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


WAYLAND ? A demonstration by the state-qualifying WACO Lego team highlighted the Dec. 18 meeting of the WACO School Board.

Competing under the handle of ?Hydro Warriors,? the WACO team was one of six teams to earn a state berth from regional competition at Indian Hills Community College Dec. 2. State competition is in Ames Jan. 13, 2018.

The WACO team is comprised of six seventh-graders and one eighth-grader. Team members include Cody Graber, Ty Egli, Isaac Oswald, Matthias Luitjens, Noah Rich, Drew Diers and Zach Schmidt. Coaches are Paul Kissel and Kori Rich.

WACO has had a Lego League team for the past five years and this is the second team to qualify for state.

Theme of this year?s competition is hydrodynamics ? how people use and dispose of water.

The Hydro Warriors? project focuses on making the new fitness center in Wayland more green, and reusing/recycling shower water to water the football field.

In addition to qualifying for state, the Hydro Warriors also won the Robot Design award at regionals.

In agenda items, school board members accepted the $106,000 bid from Modern Builders of Janesville to repair the secondary building roof next summer. Two other firms also submitted bids, which ranged upward to $119,930.

Stouter Properties of Washington was awarded a contract to remove four diseased ash trees and prune other trees at the elementary school in Crawfordsville.

Finally, board members were reminded that the school will begin ?J? term when classes resume on Jan. 3 after the holiday break.

WACO School Board members meet again in regular session Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in the secondary school media center in Wayland.