Barnesville Middle School’s Robotics Team, fresh off world competition in Lousville, Ky., was honored by Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson on April 30.

Johnson’s visit was recorded by both local television stations – WTOV-TV 9 and WTRF-TV 7 – at which time the representative read a proclamation that said, in part, "with great pride, I congratulate the Barnesville Middle School Robotics for winning the Ohio State Championship trophy. I extend to them my best wishes for their continued success. You've made our entire community proud."

Enterprise readers have eagerly followed the team’s success by first winning a spot in the state competition by qualifying on February 10 at a contest in Elyria. And, Barnesville won the state contest in Columbus on March 2-3, setting up the invitation to compete in the Vex Robotics World Championship on April 25-27 in Kentucky.

Nearly 200 teams from around the globe representing 42 countries competed in the middle school division. Barnesville finished in the top half.

Jon Jordan, instructor and advisor, noted the main purpose behind the robotics team is to help students become interested in engineering fields, but students also learn about teamwork and social skills.

The trip to Louisville was an expensive one for the students. They reached their goal by running the school play concession stand, 50/50 raffles and several fundraisers including one at the Barnesville Dairy Queen which donated 50% of all sales one Friday evening to the team.

This week’s Board of Education report also logs 40 donations to the school district from family, friends, businesses and organizations totaling $6,040 to send these talented local young people to Louisville.