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Students from area schools race their remote-controlled cars in CAR WARS, an electronics competition sponsored by Black Hills State University and Western Dakota Technical Institute, which requires the participants to first build a remote-controlled model car, and then race it.

Area schools recently participated in CAR WARS, an electronics competition held annually in the Black Hills area, which requires the participants to first build a remote-controlled model car, and then race it.

The theme for this year was, “Full Throttle Forward.” Tom Termes, Black Hills State University, and Bob Olson, Western Dakota Technical Institute, assisted the students with building their cars. BHSU gave an $800 scholarship for the first place team members. A total of nearly $1,200 in various gifts was awarded to winners in addition to scholarships from BHSU and WDTI.

The winners of this year’s competition were: first place, TJ Schmidt and Evan Berberich - car #1 from Hill City High School with a time of 28:84; second place, Zach Gaston, Sammi Neiffer, and Tyler Dewsbury from Custer High School with a time of 40:26; third place, Kyle Jarvis and Adam Cahoy from Spearfish High School with a time of 41:42; and fourth place, Cody Young and Wes Hartmann from Custer High School with a time of 42:77.