Community welcomes home Madera HS robotics team after win at world championship

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — MadTown Robotics 1323 is sporting a new title: World Champions.

Fresh off their victory from the 2019 FIRST championships in Houston, the team was greeted at Fresno Yosemite international airport by dozens of family, friends and city leaders.

Even the Mayor of Madera, Andy Medellin, put his Easter plans on hold to congratulate the team.

“In Madera, we all stick together. We’re all there for one another regardless,” he said. “Whether it’s sports teams or academics our schools in general we come together to help support.”

That support system wasn’t only celebrating the victory, the team attributes their success to their parents, mentors, Madera Unified, and their sponsors.

“Most of our mentors are alumni so most of our support comes from the Central Valley,” said team member Roger Villagomez.

Each year more than 4,000 teams around the globe are given specific instructions and a timeline to build a robot for competitions.

“It’s crazy to see where we started just 4 years ago to now right,” Villagomez said.

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