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SC teen makes awesomely elaborate college announcement video

A screenshot from Richardson's announcement video showing one small step in his elaborate Rube Goldberg machine. (Source: Trey Richardson on Facebook) A screenshot from Richardson's announcement video showing one small step in his elaborate Rube Goldberg machine. (Source: Trey Richardson on Facebook)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Trey Richardson, a senior at the Scholars Academy in Horry County, has decided where he wants to spend the next four years, and chose to show off his engineering skills by creating and filming an awesome Rube Goldberg machine to announce his college decision.

The choices were Yale, Harvard, NC State, Clemson, Auburn and Vanderbilt.

But rather than just announce his choice, Richardson stepped up to create a clever contraption of cause-and-effect that begins with a ball rolling down a ramp, and ends with balloons bearing his future school’s colors rising from a box.

Along the way are ramps, fans, stings, dominoes, marbles, micro machines, pulleys, Jenga blocks, books, and more, all arranged to create an elaborate and amazing “machine.”

Not surprisingly, Richardson said he plans to major in engineering, possibly a double-major in mechanical and electrical engineering. He said he loves building things, and he's been doing it since he was little.

As to why he decided to create a Rube Goldberg machine to announce his decision, he said: "I’ve built a few in the past and when I was looking up ideas for announcement videos, I couldn’t find any Rube Goldberg contraptions for them. I actually got inspired to do it based on a baby gender announcement video that was a Rube Goldberg contraption itself."

He said he's been working on this contraption on and off since January, and overall, he's been through over 100 attempts, including testing some of the individual components beforehand.

So which school is Richardson heading to? You’ll have to watch the video below to find out:

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