Team 1912

Northshore High, Slidell, LA

I helped found the FIRST robotics team 1912 in my high school during my freshman year, 2006. During our rookie year, we struggled with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, however, we were still able compete in the Lone Star Regional and receive the Gracious Professionalism award. Capitalizing on our experience from the previous year, we competed in the new Bayou Regional in 2007. During this year, I was the controls captain, which meant being responsible for the electrical and software aspects of the robot. I remained the controls captain till my senior year in 2009. In addition to designing and implementing the controls on the robot, a large part of my role was to introduce new students to the basics of programming and wiring. This was often many students first exposure to these topics. At the competition, we won the Rockwell Innovation in Controls award and placed first at our regional, allowing us to compete in the national competition in Atlanta, GA. The following year, we won the Judge's Award as well as the Website Excellence award. My senior year, I was elected president of the team, while remaining controls captain. That year, we won the Gracious Professionalism award for a second time. In addition, my mentor of four years won the Woody Flowers award and became a finalist in the national competition. Since I have graduated, I have continued to mentor the team. They have gone on to win the Chairman's Award for the four years after my graduation.