TC West Senior High Robotics Trio Places In Top One Percent Of World Competition

The top one percent in the world.

It’s the bragging rights reserved for Traverse City West students — taking high honors in a global robotics competition.

After doing well at the state competition, the Titans Robotics team qualified for the Vex World competition in Louisville.

They went head to head with students from 44 different countries.

9&10’s Whitney Amann talked to the trio celebrating their win — with their robot affectionately named "Grilled Stuffed Nacho."

“It’s amazing it’s literally the largest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” said Granite Winowiecki, junior and member of the Titans Robotics team.

A group of Traverse City West Senior High School students are celebrating a big victory.

“It was really exciting I mean I honestly didn’t think we were going to get that far at the beginning of the season and then we kept doing well and after we did well at states we really amped it in the last month and worked pretty hard to build this robot before the world’s competition and it was really gratifying to see it do well at the competition,” said Lukas Hazen-Bushbaker, sophomore and member of the Titans Robotics team.

Three members from the Titans Robotics team not only competed at the Vex World Competition in Kentucky but they placed in the top one percent competing against teams from 44 other countries.

“It’s loss for words, that kind of a thing, because it’s so large, you go and your talking to teams from Ireland or Australia or Jamaica or Puerto Rico and to interact with them it’s not like you walk up and handshake everyone brings their own culture everyone brings their own little aspect of life into worlds,” said Winowiecki.

The trio was among 564 other teams and over 6,000 students.

They have been preparing for this since the beginning of the school year — building Grilled Stuffed Nacho.

“It took us about a month, month and a half to build this current one,” said Pierson Klein, sophomore and member of the Titans Robotics team. “It’s pretty cool, I guess to show we can build pretty good robots, it’s kind of neat.”

Although they didn’t win the world competition, the trio is proud of how far they have come and will continue to reflect on their once in a lifetime experience.

“Everyone is there and its literally a city taken over by nerds,” said Winowiecki.