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Lightbulb Operation Inspiration 2005: Who wants to read all the WFA entries?

To follow a guideline similar to the Off-Season Listing threads, the 2005 Regional WFA thread has been split off. Please post here all of the 2005 entries, as well as 2004 regional WFA updates that were submitted to FIRST for consideration for 2005.

Here's the link to the 2004 thread if you would like to get inspired even more.
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Re: Operation Inspiration 2005: Who wants to read all the WFA entries?

This is LeRoy Nelson's essay... Winner of WFA finalist award at the Southern California Regional. A special thanks to Amanda Morrison for proofreading it.


LeRoy Nelson joined Beach Cities Robotics in as a mentor 2001. LeRoy’s involvement in supporting others over himself epitomizes the values of FIRST. One such example was at theSouthern California Regional competition in 2003, where LeRoy donated his services to the bottom ten teams. One team even ended up beating us in a match. Cathleen Kiritz, a mother of a sixth grader on the team, said this on why LeRoy deserves this honor: “Hearing that a student was initiating an application to submit LeRoy Nelson’s name for the prestigious Woodie Flowers Award, I just nodded and thought ‘Of course! Who could be more perfect?’”

LeRoy supports BCR with time, money, materials, tools, and food. For example, during last season when Team 294 ran out of sponsor funds, he loaned the team over ten thousand dollars. A noted attribute of LeRoy is that he is very patient in teaching team members new things. As BCR alumnus Tiffany Schlittenhart said, "When I first started in the robotics program, LeRoy started me on projects for him and always explained it in terms that I could understand." Indeed, LeRoy’s dedication in teaching new members has proved essential in the structure of Beach Cities Robotics. His teaching skills have made a deep impression on new members. One Team 294 middle school member, Alex Kiritz, states, "LeRoy is very patient, nice and knowledgeable. I could always count on him to be at robotics to help me." Alex’s mother, Cathleen, said, “For a shy boy who is years younger than almost all other team members, [joining the team] was a big step. LeRoy was a huge help in making Alex feel welcome.”

During the off season, LeRoy still devotes his time to Team 294 and robotics. LeRoy was essential in Beach Cities Robotics’ first effort to mentor a Lego League team. LeRoy also helped to organize the inaugural Los Angeles State Qualifier Lego League tournament. Of LeRoy’s organizing this tournament, Cathleen said, “I had to write to say ‘Thank you BCR!’ What an inspiring sight at the inaugural Manhattan Beach Middle School FIRST Lego League Competition! ... The organizers, which includes Team #294's LeRoy Nelson, did an extraordinary job! Every one of the 18 teams left the tournament feeling like a winner!” Indeed, LeRoy’s efforts are very far reaching. One such example was when LeRoy taught "How to Run a Robotics Summer Camp" at the Southern California Regional Robotics Forum workshops. This course impressed Carol Lowe of Eagle Robotics Team 399 so much, she made a point of telling a Team 294 mentor that LeRoy Nelson "…should be getting the Woodie Flowers Award" and insisted several times that Team 294 submit him for the award.

LeRoy also donates time to the community. He has been a member of the Mira Costa High School PTSA, Aquatics Boosters, Band Boosters, Technology Committee, the Leadership program, and the planning committee for the Manhattan Beach School district. LeRoy is integral in the education of our children.

In conclusion, nobody states why LeRoy deserves this award better than Cathleen Kiritz, who said, “What is most inspiring about LeRoy? It may be his kindness. So many of these wonderful students have great minds and less than great social skills. LeRoy seems to know just the right way to reach out while teaching so that he inspires growth and confidence. LeRoy teaches not only concepts of engineering and physics but also helps students learn how to connect. He is a great guy, a gifted teacher, a generous man and a fine friend. We are so lucky to have him on this team.”
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Re: Operation Inspiration 2005: Who wants to read all the WFA entries?

Essay For Eric O. Curry, St. Louis Regional Winner. Written By Amanda Katz and Annette Glotfelty
When O’Fallon Township High School founded a robotics team three years ago, Mr. Eric Curry was not exactly thrilled with the upcoming adventure. In fact, he initially wanted little to do with the project, considering the time and effort involved. As he viewed the FIRST ideals in progress and the mounting team unity, however, Mr. Curry soon devoted all of his effort toward this endeavor. He has brilliantly led our team for the past two years as our head coach, teaching us not only about robotics and engineering, but to live with great moral character. Not everyone on our team masters skills in mechanical, electrical, or programming concepts, but Mr. Curry makes sure that every member of our team, whether part of construction or administration, has unique and important duties. Our once-struggling team has now transformed into a smoothly-running organization, one that’s always more fun than burdensome.
When our team started, there were perhaps a total of 20 members, assuming that everyone showed up. Needless to say, our rookie year was not very successful. This year’s team membership centers on the Advanced Honors Physics class, which spends the entire 3rd quarter of the school year constructing the robot. Outside of these 30 members, 40 additional students in our high school have expressed their engineering interests and joined the team. Because our group runs more similarly to a corporate business than to a school club, we have a hierarchy of officers. At the top, the Chief Executive Officer works alongside Mr. Curry to supervise the team. The administrative team helps to organize the project, while the mechanical, electrical, and programming teams complete specialized tasks. Members, however, are encouraged by Mr. Curry to float between administrative and technical duties. By respecting and listening to each other, team members with a vast array of experience and backgrounds collaborate to construct an innovative robot.
The majority of the female students in the Advanced Honors Physics class originally signed up to participate in the course only after intense pressure from Mr. Curry. After all, none of them knew anything about robot construction or operation. There is so much more to participating in FIRST Robotics, though. The administrative tasks are immense, from raising the entire budget ourselves to organizing communication with other teams and our mentors. Despite this, at least half of the female members have become seriously active within the mechanical, electrical, and programming teams. Mr. Curry makes sure that everyone has a role, and assures that every role is then respected. All members know that if they receive an undesirable task to complete, Mr. Curry will make sure that their next task is much more favorable, leaving little room for complaints.
Our team is no different from competitors’ in the fact that our robot has broken down, at least in part, several times. Each time, Mr. Curry holds a team session to discuss possible solutions, helping to perfect and explain the more complicated methods. When a decision is reached, Mr. Curry is never afraid to get his hands dirty with the construction teams, but always pulls out when the students can complete the rest of the task themselves. This way, the project is beneficial, rather than an impossible. In addition, Mr. Curry reaches out to the administrative team through daily conferences about upcoming events and the preparation needed for success. Although every team has difficulties to some degree, our Robotics Team has been extremely well-managed for the past two years. No member of our team will ever be lucky enough to work under a better boss than Mr. Eric O. Curry.
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Re: Operation Inspiration 2005: Who wants to read all the WFA entries?

For the 2005 NJ regional, Team 237 honored 7 year lead mechanical mentor Kurt Eckert with this nomination, and he was awarded the WFA.

http://www.team237.com/wfa.htm


Also, there is a thread on CD about it as well.
http://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/sh...highlight=Kurt
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Here's the essay that my students wrote about me. Our student team leader, Emerald Church sent it to me a few days after the Waterloo Regional. I have a hard time reading it without a tear coming to my eyes.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson tells us nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Having known our team’s mentor, I must agree. To Team 1114’s mentor, Karthik Kanagasabapathy, no accomplishment is as great as inspiring youth and I can assure you, it is in credit to his endless enthusiasm.

Karthik has spent the past 7 years mentoring Canadian FIRST teams, has been with Team 1114 since the fall of 2003 and is concurrently mentoring Teams 1503 and 1680 in the Niagara First partnership. He is deeply immersed in FIRST. The recent honoree of Chief Delphi’s Unsung First Hero Award is on the 2005 Waterloo Regional Planning committee and has traveled to FIRST headquarters in New Hampshire, desiring to further the expansion of FIRST in Canada. Along with Ian Mackenzie, Karthik recently completed instructing a 6-seminar series on the basics of running a FIRST team and constructing a robot. Due to the success of these seminars, he and Ian will be presenting one in the FIRST Robotics Conference in Atlanta on Championship weekend. Concerning Karthik’s contributions to FIRST, Andy Baker, 2003 National Woodie Flowers Award winner, commented that Karthik has "done much for not just FIRST in Canada, but the entire FIRST community." As much as Karthik has volunteered throughout the FIRST community, some of his greatest achievements can be seen in his unfailing commitment to mentoring Team 1114.

In the time Karthik has spent with us, he has strengthened our team immeasurably. Most markedly, students have taken note of his tireless dedication to working on the robot and team strategy and have followed his example. His attention to detail shows in everything he does. Karthik not only encourages students to be part of the team and work cooperatively, but he makes the learning experience fun. Most students do not realize they are being taught because they enjoy seeing the "cool" side of engineering. Even when differences arise between students or mentors, Karthik is there to ease tensions and help resolve the issues at hand.

The most important ability for a mentor to possess is the ability to communicate effectively with the team throughout the season; Karthik never misses a chance to interact with the students and teach. For example, he held a mock-brainstorming session with Team 1114 to break down a past FIRST game to further understanding of strategy. He also used his knowledge of mathematics to teach lessons on the physics of the "Swerve" drive, instructing patiently and clearly. Karthik always explains why things are being done a certain way and encourages students to ask questions to improve their knowledge of design and strategy. Karthik makes each student an informed and active participant. Rather than saying "This is what we’re doing, and that’s final," Karthik pushes students to be creative, asking them to explain how something works and offer their own suggestions as to how things could be done differently.

Karthik takes his role as a mentor seriously, but extends it further than robotics lessons and team building. Karthik takes time to connect individually with the students on our team and act as a role model to all. Mentorship is not just about FIRST with Karthik, but about all facets of life. He is someone students can come to for advice and someone students can look up to. Karthik is an example of how passion and drive can help a person become a positive influence on others. Because of this, Karthik’s time with Team 1114 has been invaluable. It is his enthusiasm for connecting with youth and bringing FIRST to life for each student that makes him such a fantastic mentor. He pushes everyone to do their best and work together towards common goals, constantly inspiring Team 1114 to improve as a group and as individuals. Nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm... and what Karthik has done for Team 1114 is no exception.
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Re: Operation Inspiration 2005: Who wants to read all the WFA entries?

Here is the essay we wrote about Dave Lavery - (annapolis winner)
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You have inevitably heard of a wacky guy named Dave Lavery, though you probably know him as a NASA executive who sends robots to Mars or as a FIRST notable who has Dean Kamen on speed dial. Sure, Dave is a celebrity in the macrocosm of FIRST, but forget that for a moment because he deserves the Woodie Flowers Award for what he has done as a mentor on Team 116. Rocket scientists may be thought of as unapproachable, however Dave has the unique ability to break down technical concepts and explain them on a simple level. He patiently and eagerly explains such concepts, inciting creativity without intimidating the group. He deserves the Woodie Flowers Award for creatively and enthusiastically flooding every student on Team 116 with a love for inventing.

Dave often arrives at meetings excited, giddy, and bouncing off the walls, wearing a mischievous grin that says, "I know something you don't know. and it's too cool!" He readily shares his latest news with us. It could be anything from a neat idea to pictures from Mars to movies from Japanese robotics facilities. Although what he shares is always interesting, the best part is that he becomes incredibly enthusiastic when he explains it. He jumps around, hands pop up, kids get excited, and it is just FUN. As he talks about these marvels, and as you look around the room, you see that everyone is enthralled.

When asked to recall her favorite memory of Team 116, Alisha Wallenstein, class of 1999, answered, "When Dave Lavery sat down with me and explained how a servo worked; it was the first time that I didn't feel intimidated by engineering. He really made me feel like I could learn this and understand it, and that I wasn't dumb for not knowing what a servo was in the first place. It was really a life-changing moment." After working with Dave on team 116, Alisha was inspired to found the Virginia Tech-sponsored FIRST Robotics team, and she recently prompted Israel to start 12 new FIRST Robotics teams, which she currently oversees.

Alisha is not the only student whom Dave Lavery has inspired; this mentor extraordinaire has affected many students over the 10 years that he has served as a mentor of Team 116. Kyle Witte, a senior and team captain, recalls, "I remember having to rewire the entire control system. Dave showed me how and then let me do it. He gives guidance and guidelines rather than instruction." Students who have worked with Dave for an extended period of time appreciate his ability to humanize engineering, and so do students in their rookie year. Freshmen Staci Celinski and Ted Markson say that Dave always knows the right answer to a problem, but rather than simply handing it to students, he challenges them to think for themselves and figure it out by guiding them with yes or no questions.

Dave is just a regular, smart guy with a heart bigger than the universe he seeks to explore. Another mentor on the team once asked Dave if it bothered him that our team's robot has never done very well at competitions. Dave replied, "As long as the students are inspired and try their best, I'm happy." What Dave does for our team goes past what happens at the school and in the shop. Dave puts a face - a very happy face - on the world of engineering; he opens our minds and illuminates our potential, showing us that we too can make a real contribution to the world of science.
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Re: Operation Inspiration 2005: Who wants to read all the WFA entries?

The WFA Essay for Tom Ferguson, NYC Woodie Flowers Award winner. Written primarily by Sonia Gollance.


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"Freshman year, I joined the Robotics Team, and my kids did too," says Tom Ferguson, amateur stand-up comedian and Team 694's lead engineering mentor of four years. This funny, inspirational dad is also an aerospace engineer and Vice President of Engineering at Cox & Company, Inc., the only aerospace manufacturing firm in Manhattan. Tom is uniquely qualified for his vital role on our team because he has degrees and experience in both electrical and mechanical engineering. Fortunately, he gives enormous amounts of time to Robotics. "It's the most frustrating activity I've ever taken part in, but for some reason I'm totally addicted." We’re glad he is, because he has been vital to our learning, progress, and development over the past years.

We know when to expect Tom, every day at 5:00 we get a phone call in the lab asking if anyone needs anything from Tribeca Hardware. Then Tom arrives, carrying needed supplies and eager to help. Members all agree he takes the time to explain complex topics and never gets impatient. Tom explains the principles and physics behind mechanical aspects of robotics and guides students in finding their own solutions to problems. According to our tech teacher, "He's a role model for our team."

Tom says that a lot of what he does is provoking thought and encouraging responsibility in student leaders. He shows us how to be more professional in the way we approach our projects. We have learned to think before we build, design before we construct, and always make calculations first. He makes a point of involving even new members in everything we do. Students say he is approachable," "a great teacher," and "outstanding at what he does." One parent says that "as a mentor, Tom is the best thing that could have happened to our school."

Tom devotes himself to Robotics, even when he’s outside our lab. For the past two summers he's welcomed us to his home for planning meetings. When budget cuts limited our access to the lab, even during the construction period, he continually opened his apartment to the team. Even when there is no meeting, he works with one son on Autodesk Inventor designs for the robot. According to his other son, "dinner conversation is all about robotics, late at night conversations are all about robotics. Robotics is everywhere."

As a result of Tom's involvement with our team, two years ago he started an annual summer internship program at Cox and Company. His co-workers have gotten involved with our team, and the company provides invaluable materials and machining support. Cox and Company is now our most valued corporate contributor.

Beyond his dedication to our team, Tom exemplifies the spirit of FIRST. His willingness to help is not limited to our team. Last year at the NYC Regional, he spent all his spare moments helping Team 711. The team was very enthusiastic, but had no engineering mentors, resulting in a robot with serious mechanical deficiencies. He says it was a "rewarding experience because they were soooo happy" when he helped the team get their robot working.

Robotics has truly affected Tom. He claims it "brought me closer to my children and to the school." He finds that FIRST teaches members practical knowledge and provides real-life applications for math and science. As a result, Tom now asks job candidates about FIRST involvement. He believes that "FIRST does more to prepare kids for the real world experience than anything else."

Since Tom does so much to enhance our FIRST experience and exemplify the meaning of FIRST, we believe he merits the Woodie Flowers Award.
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John Novak: Woodie Flowers Award Winner- Boilermaker Regional

John Novak and his wife planned their wedding around FIRST, and he warned her beforehand that he “had a thing for robots.” He has been working with the Bomb Squad since 1996 and has an irreplaceable dedication and presence on the team.

In the fall, John creates an electronics club for anyone interested in learning controls and programming. He has taught evening engineering classes and brought all the materials necessary for everyone on the team to make a circuit with a battery and LED. In November, he carted last year’s robot to school to explain its functions to new team members. He is able to communicate on every level of understanding by putting a concept in simple terms or explaining it in acute detail. His flexibility is evident in his mentorship of both FIRST Lego League and FIRST.

The Bomb Squad would not exist this year without John Novak. With the loss of corporate sponsorship, the program was dead. However, John has taken a colossal professional risk to be one of a few engineers still able to mentor. He made it his goal this year to prove that students are capable of taking on such challenges and creating a working robot without corporate help.

He has always been a favorite engineer for job shadowing and has always been willing to rearrange his work schedule. He has inspired so many students, particularly in the area of controls and programming, to study engineering after high school. He is also an advocate of engineering classes in the high school which will be introduced in the 2005-2006 school year.

His brilliance is unmatched. He is the brain power behind many successful Bomb Squad robots, and the intricate ideas in design and programming that he has passed on to students are invaluable. He searches all year for new ideas or engineering devices that could be incorporated into Bomb Squad robots and challenges the team to use these new ideas. For example, he introduced the team to ultrasonic sensors a few years ago and explained their function and the benefits of using them.

All of John’s brilliant ideas and teaching efforts combined do not compare to the value of his character. He is the model of a gracious professional. Never in the limelight, he takes no credit for all he has done. He constantly says “this is a team,” and is willing to work towards whatever goals the team set, even though he knows more about engineering and robotics than all the students combined. Instead of telling students something won’t work, he lets them discover it themselves. His determination never falters. If it was possible for John to give up, this would be the year, but he is more committed than ever. His enthusiasm inspires the team and emphasizes that FIRST isn’t about winning. He brings stability and confidence to the team, because John can fix anything!

The greatest testimony of John’s success in teaching is the ability of students to independently use the knowledge he has given them. For example, students he has mentored can independently program, solder, build and maintain the robot, and confidently explain its functions to any audience.

John Novak’s presence on the Bomb Squad has changed my life. To see someone have so much passion about engineering and working with students has inspired me to pursue a degree in engineering in hopes of becoming a professor. Our students have learned more about gracious professionalism from John than from any other person or team. Because of the way he has touched so many lives, John Novak truly deserves this award.
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Re: Operation Inspiration 2005: Who wants to read all the WFA entries?

Some great stuff here already. Let's get all 30 entries posted this year!!!
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Re: Operation Inspiration 2005: Who wants to read all the WFA entries?

Entry for Pete Proner (Team 845, Palmetto Regional)

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Every once in a while one comes across a person who influences him in ways that may surprise him; someone who seems like just another person, but turns is extraordinary. A person who becomes not only a mentor but also a teacher, guide, and friend. He leaves a mark that will never be forgotten and will always be recalled to mind at just the right moment for the students of Team 845. In the beginning of the build season, many rookies wondered who that short man with the hat was. Laid back and relaxed, Mr. Proner is a quiet man who usually does not have much to say, but when he does everyone listens. Though his words are few, his meaning is always great.

Every student remembers sitting in an algebra or geometry class and thinking to himself, “I’m never going to use this. What good is this?” Well, Mr. Proner shows the team how much we would need that math. He first presents the problem, and then leaves it up to us to figure out how to find a solution. Then he gets us to figure out all the calculations and shows us how to apply our math skills to a specific problem. Last year, he taught our team how to perform moment and center of mass calculations. This way, when we were proposing a new design or modification, we could determine if it would make the robot turn over. He genuinely cares if we learn something. If we make a mistake, even one that might be detrimental to the progression of the robot, he does not get mad and humiliate us but instead encourages us to try again.

One of the things that makes Mr. Proner so wonderful is that he is willing to dedicate so much time to each person on the team. He always goes the extra mile, promoting engineering and education so that we walk away with much more knowledge than we ever imagined. He takes time out of his life to work with us and teach things beyond our wildest imagination. Mr. Proner has taught each of us that building a robot is not a huge project to be conquered in one leap, but a step by step process that leads to a finished robot.

Last year, our team was initially disheartened because of a difficult season in 2003. Mr. Proner brought a sense of unity and teamwork to our team. He helped us to see that the game was not insurmountable. After brainstorming with the appendage team, Mr. Proner helped us to create two dimensional drawings of everyone’s ideas. He taught us to analyze each idea on its own merit, without bias and without offending our teammates. He helped us synthesize several students’ ideas to create the arm for our 2004 robot, “Sprocket.” Thanks to his ability to teach us to analyze and synthesize ideas, we advanced to the elimination rounds for the first time.

Mr. Proner is a man whose quiet character and almost uncanny understanding makes him such a great man. He has the ability to encourage us to do our absolute best, not because there is a prize, but because of the intrinsic value and self worth we gain after learning what we can accomplish. People like Mr. Proner are like echoes that follow us all our lives. Their voices come back to us, reminding us of the many lessons they taught us. We may forget them for a while, but they will never truly be forgotten. Mr. Proner is building today and influencing tomorrow by himself with us.
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Re: Operation Inspiration 2005: Who wants to read all the WFA entries?

We have 8. Only 22 left. Come tell the world about your WFA winning mentor!!! Besides, we know how to find you
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Re: Operation Inspiration 2005: Who wants to read all the WFA entries?

Here is the entry for Beach Bot team 330's mentor Matt Driggs, winner at the Sacramento regional:

According to the dictionary definition, a hero is a man admired for his achievements and qualities. I would love to introduce you to Matt Driggs, team 330’s hero, and the only mentor even nominated by the Beach Bot students for the Woodie Flowers award. Seven years ago, Mr. Driggs, a Raytheon engineer, decided to join our team. That decision would impact the entire team forever. Every single year since then as our lead mechanical engineer and drive team coach, Mr. Driggs has inspired and pushed our team to become the best that we can be. As a result, every single year, our team has improved, including our six regional first or second place finishes and eight awards. Beach Bot team mentor and member of the Southern California Regional Planning Committee Ric Roberts states, “Matt Driggs creativity and excellent work ethic is contagious. He is a real hero the students can look up to.”

Team 330’s motto is “Putting Others FIRST” and Mr. Driggs leads by example. Through the six week build period, Mr. Driggs spends countless hours sketching, designing, and helping the Beach Bot students finish our robot. He even leaves work early to drive students down to our machine shop 30 miles away, and stays countless hours with us, even when he could be doing numerous other things. Last year I was privileged to work with him on our drive train, and those are days I will never forget for the rest of my life. I learned so much; I now know everything anyone ever needs to know about sprockets, gears, wheels, and bearings. This year, I was able to use the lessons he taught me to assemble most of our team’s six wheel drive train. I wouldn’t trade those lessons for anything. In fact, I didn’t even really know what an engineer did until I met Mr. Driggs. He not only taught me what an engineer does, he inspired me to become a mechanical engineer when I had not even considered a math/science based career.

Although not a teacher by profession, all team 330’s students can agree that Mr. Driggs is one of the best teachers a student can ever dream about. He can even make trigonometry exciting! If any of the Beach Bot students have a question, we know who to go to for an answer. Mr. Driggs is brilliant and will always stop whatever he is doing, no matter how important, and answer any question one of us has. He also cares about the students personally. This is exemplified when he asks us if our homework is done yet and makes sure we are still doing well in school during the hectic build season. Also, he encourages us to stay in school and go to a good college.


Why does Mr. Driggs sacrifice for us faithfully each and every year? Is it because he has a student on the team? No, that is not the answer, since he has no students on the team. Is it because he has a child enrolled our school? Nope, that’s not it either, because he does not have any children. Is it because he gets paid? No, he does this all voluntarily and even is one of our sponsors by helping to pay for some of our expenses. The answer is this: He is a man just like Woodie Flowers—generous with his time, knowledgeable in his craft, and selfless in mentoring students. I beg you to help us recognize our hero, Matt Driggs, by honoring him with the Woodie Flowers Award.
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Re: Operation Inspiration 2005: Who wants to read all the WFA entries?

This is the text version of the WFA nomination. My team presented me with a very nice framed version with pictures at last night's wrap party printed with a tie-dye background, of course.
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Re: Operation Inspiration 2005: Who wants to read all the WFA entries?

Thanks.
10 inspiring stories, 20 to go ...
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