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Bullard Solar Car Team returns home with trophies

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BULLARD, TX (KLTV) -

The Bullard Solar Car Team is back in Texas after taking third place in the Winston Solar Car Challenge.

Their community lined the sidewalks Saturday afternoon with posters and cheers as the team made their way back home.

The students' worked for a year, planning and then building the car they entered into the race.

After it passed inspection, they drove it all the way to Los Angeles, California, earning a third place trophy in the competition.

They also earned another a trophy for coming in first place in one leg of the race in Arizona.

"There is no one else who has a community like we do. You know, we've got the best support group and the best people behind us, and that's what it takes to be able to push us all the way through. We went through some pretty tough stuff and ran into several really hard issues that we had to deal with, but all in all we knew that there were thousands of people back home supporting us and pushing us and that's what got us to L. A.," said Cullen Hippler with the team.

Hipper said the team hopes younger Bullard ISD students will carry on what they started and build a solar car of their own that they can enter into the competition.

Hippler said a project like this is a great jump start for students interested in an engineering career.

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