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Name: Paul Kloberg
Date Honored: 08-15-2005
Years involved w/FIRST: 6
FIRST Team(s): Bridgewater Raritan Regional High School &, The Midland School (0303), Convatec - Bristol-Myers Squibb &, Montgomery High School (1403)
Role: Senior Mentor
Quote: FIRST is moving fast throughout the world ……., don’t let your town be the last to get FIRST !!!
Bio: Paul Kloberg, our first Senior Mentor to be honored, has a long history with FIRST. "With team # 303, I was the teacher/advisor for four great years. My role was to watch the “big picture” and to ensure that the students got the most from this opportunity to work directly with the great engineering support they got from Bihler of America.
"I served as a teacher/advisor to team 1403 in their rookie year, as there were no teachers from their school willing or able to support the team in getting started. The students were a great crew as first year teams go and they were very fortunate to have Mr. Charlie Putnam support them as a project coordinator and engineering mentor. This was such a positive experience for me that my plans for the future were to start one new team a year for the next ten years while I was still a teacher.
"My plan to work on new teams was really modified when I was selected to become the NJ Senior Mentor for FIRST, last November. This program is really a great match for my enthusiasm about FIRST in general. I am able to get involved in many more helpful ways to support rookies, veteran teams and work on my favorite passion of organizing events."
Paul also has a great FIRST memory - the first time he got his wife involved. "After so many years of having my wife, Karin, ask what the big attraction to FIRST is for me, I greatly enjoyed watching her go through the motions of being a referee on the Galileo Field in Atlanta this past April. If people didn’t know, most would think that she recruited me into FIRST rather then the other way around."
Paul also had a few accomplishments to share. "My most rewarding accomplishments include the many post-season events that I either support or manage directly. Giving the teams a chance to “play” more under less stress, but with just as much energy really makes me a believer in this program all year round. Being nominated to be the NJ Senior Mentor happened much like this “Unsung Hero” nomination. It is a wonderful feeling to know that although I love the results myself, there are others out there who notice that the impact on the students is well worth the effort."
When asked how he would describe FIRST to an outsider, Paul told us this: "FIRST is the hardest FUN that many folks have in their life experience to date. It has a great ability to bring together some of the most remarkable groups into a partnership we know as a FIRST Robotics Team. Regardless of the age or experience of the many participants, FIRST has a lasting impact on nearly everyone who experiences these programs."
And finally, Paul had a little bit of advice for us. "If you are a student on a FIRST Program Team, thank the adults who support your team. If you are an adult on a FIRST Program Team, allow the students to dazzle you with their talent.
"If you are a parent of a student on a FIRST Program Team, be sure you know what the word “Help” means to the person who is leading that team. Help out as much as you can with your time, patience and cheers.
"To ALL members and associates of FIRST Program Teams, be mindful of the value this program offers to the students and the future. Always be sure that your input is consistent with the ultimate goals of these programs. Remember, Fun Is Required So Tolerate --- FIRST."
Congratulations to Paul Kloberg, our next recipient of the Unsung FIRST Heroes Award.
Nominated By: Corey Balint, Wayne C., Mike Schroeder
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