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Central Tech Pre-Engineering students Payton Fack (right), of Cleveland, and Tristan Hart, of Yale, placed third as a team in Mobile Robotics on June 23 at the SkillsUSA National Convention in Louisville.

A Cleveland High School senior and his teammate made a splash on the national stage this summer with their robotics engineering skills.

 Payton Fack, son of Craig and Carla Fack, is a senior honors student at CHS and is enrolled in pre-engineering at Central Tech. He and his teammate, Tristan Hart, of Yale, placed third at the prestigious Skills USA National Convention in Louisville, Ky.

 At the state conference in May, Fack and Hart were crowned Oklahoma champions in Mobile Robotics and came away as one of the top three in the country for designing and engineering their entry for Louisville.

 The annual conference is a showcase of career and technical education students and more than 16,000 people from all over the nation. More than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students –– all state contest winners –– competed hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

 Students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. Leadership contestants will demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

 The students who make the finals are considered some of the brightest minds in the country, especially in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) course study.

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