When a high school sports team wins a state championship, the squad rides into town aboard a fire truck. A crowd fills the gymnasium to celebrate.

The community is right to celebrate. It’s also right to celebrate the Janesville Craig Engineering Club, which returned home last weekend not with state honors but the national title in the annual Rube Goldberg Contest.

If we don’t recognize educational achievements, our priorities are misplaced. We must honor such feats at a time when our nation’s educational excellence is slipping behind that of too many other countries.

Who was Rube Goldberg, what is this contest all about, and how did these local students pull off a national championship in the club's first appearance at nationals? We’ll reflect in our editorial Wednesday, while giving these club members a proper salute.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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