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Local High Schoolers And Their Robot To Lead Off Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Credit: The Holy Cows Facebook page

The Holy Cows team members wait for their New York City-bound flight, Nov. 26, 2013.

SAN DIEGO - A group of local high school students and their robot will have the honor of leading off the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this Thursday.

"The Holy Cows" from High Tech High in San Diego won the FIRST Robotics national competition in April with their robot "Daisy Thunder." Shortly thereafter, they were asked to join four other robotics teams at the head of the pack Thursday.

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Local High Schoolers And Their Robot To Lead Off Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

"'Do you want to go to New York and like, march in the parade?'" Kaithlyn Abulencia recalled being asked. "And I was like, 'Oh my gosh, of course!'"

Macy's website says three million people line the annual parade route and 50 million more watch it on TV. Not a bad audience for the high school students and their robot.

"Daisy Thunder" tossed Frisbees during its competition. "The Holy Cows" retrofitted her with a confetti cannon for the parade.

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