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04-16-2007, 02:11 PM
How many graduating seniors are their on your team this year? For team 668 all that will be left on our team next year are 4 students. This could be the last year for our team that went from being a nobody team, to a really big threat wherever we went. It was a pretty emotional Championship event because it was my first time there and also my last event on a team I have been on all 4 years of high school. My whole team was pretty bummed when it hit us that we were done and had nothing left. But this is something we are going to take with us for the rest of our lives and be able to pass on to future generations though mentoring and our future careers in engineering. I'd like to thank every team out there that helped make this one of the best years of FIRST and a year I'll remember forever. I'd also like to thank every team that helped 668 in some way throughout the past years. I also want to thank every mentor out there because there is no way teams can get as far as we all did without all of the voluntary help from the mentors. I hope our team continues to improve and receive help from fellow FRC teams. As for me, I'll be returning to mentor and try to keep the team together, because it's worth all the effort. There is nothing in high school that can teach students more about life than being on a FIRST team.

How many teams are in the same boat we are with 90% of their team graduating? If so I'd recommend doing anything possible to keep the team together, so that students can experience the same thing you did...

04-16-2007, 02:19 PM
yea team 65 is not loseing alot of kids this year.
only about 6.
but the easy way to keep your team going is to come back..
bring the members back as mentors
thats what most of us seniors are doing here

-william carmichael team 65 ... mentor

04-16-2007, 02:39 PM
Our team is losing about 1/2 of our members. There will be about 5 surviving memebrs next yr. They definately won't be nearly as strong, but there are a buncha kids coming up from our Vex and FLL programs that will help keep it going. We just need more dedication and they can be an amazing team.

Captain Thunder
04-16-2007, 03:03 PM
Last year our team had about 24 students, this year we had only 13 students with one formor student back on as a mentor. we only have 3 seniors graduating this year, and two of them will be back again next year as mentors as well, so our team is getting a bit smaller but we should be ok. just goto get out their and recruit.

Jay Trzaskos
04-16-2007, 03:11 PM
We are losing a large chunck of 229, including myself.

The best way I can think of to keep your program going is fairly simple, start students younger! Massena now has an FLL team in every elementary school in our district and an FVC team in our Junior High. This almost guarentees that our team will survive as long as we have funding, mentors, and advisors.

As for myself, I am talking to a few teams that are within an hour commute of the University at Buffalo to see if they need any help next year.

04-16-2007, 03:30 PM
648 is only losing 3-4 seniors, our huge class graduates next year.

04-16-2007, 03:44 PM
340 has a lot of seniors, about half the team including our entire promotions / marketing team, but we have the kids from 424 graduating up to 340 next year. Aside from promotions, which 424 didn't have in this first year for them, we'll have enough kids moving from 424 to 340 to keep us going real well. We also have enough Lego and Vex students to keep both teams going for a while.

I hope to be mentoring somewhere, that is if I can find a team. I know RPI works with a couple teams if I go there, but I don't know of any teams from near Longview, TX on the chance that I'll be going to LeTourneau next year.

04-16-2007, 03:45 PM
1070 is losing a huge chunk of our already tiny team, having 5 seniors out of 9 members. 4 members will be left: a senior, a junior, and two sophs. i go to an all-girls school where A LOT of the girls are etremely high-maintenance so its hard to get girls involved in something like the robotics team.

but since im going to the college that sponsors our team, ill be back as an alum so the team will be at least 5 members.

Danny McC
04-16-2007, 03:50 PM
816 is only losing 5-6 active seniors. The rest our active members are mainly Sophmores so we are good for two more years. Maybe next year someone will listen to my ideas ^_^.

04-16-2007, 04:30 PM
We're losing allot of leadership on our team. I'm not sure if this is the usual, but pretty much all of our leaders were seniors. This also includes both our drivers. I don't think it will be a problem though. Next year I'm sure there won't be any problems meeting recruitment nessary to fill in the spots emptied. Next year they'll have a major sponsor (whoever it may be, it's still up in the air) and some cool new mentors.

I'm only worried about me, how am I gonna satisfy this FIRST addiction. I won't be able to mentor a team as 4th deg at USAFA but I'm thinking about trying to get them to mentor a team in CO Springs. I hear the Coast Guard Academy mentors a team, if anyone has any info on that that would be great.

04-16-2007, 04:36 PM
Our team [1251 TechTigers] is losing 2 seniors this year, myself being one of them, though the majority of the team at the moment is juniors. But most of the seniors from last year are currently mentors and the seniors from this year are definately staying on as mentors, so our team won't be losing people in the literal sense.


04-16-2007, 04:39 PM
Well there are kids that are still carrying the Robotics team...but the best are gone. We're loosing about 10 maybe more seniors, and they're good at what they do. I'm just dissappointed to know that they are'nt going to be here to discpline the freshmen next year, they're insane at that...lol.

04-16-2007, 04:43 PM
there are 15 graduating seniors on 1155, including myself. there will be only about 10 core members left on the team..

our sister team, 2265, has 8 graduating seniors, and will only have 6 girls returning for the next season.

yikes. :eek:

04-16-2007, 05:09 PM
There are 8 graduating seniors we will be losing. 5 of them are 4 year members. It might not seem significant, but this group of eight, by far, has had a lot of positive influence on our team, and during their time on the team have worked hard to improve it. I think our accomplishments this year prove that. They are a great group of people and we will miss them next year. If everyone on our team was as dedicated and worked as hard as our seniors have, then our team would be amazing. I think that our team is going to struggle a bit at the beginning of next year without them, however, they have left behind great examples and have passed on their knowledge, so if we apply ourselves and follow their example, and get some good new members, then I think we will be okay.:)

Kyle A
04-16-2007, 05:21 PM
Team 306 is losing 9 Seniors this year, to some teams this may not seem like much, but to a team like our that has only 18 members it does.

04-16-2007, 05:26 PM
Team 102 is losing 4 seniors.
Last year we lost about 5 and gained a little more than 10. Repeating that would be awesome for this year :)

04-16-2007, 07:50 PM
Losing 3 students due to graduation. 2 of the three are our captains, and I'm the other one. (Two of the other seniors in the school couldn't continue on the team this year due to time issues. We tried to keep them.) Out of ten students, that's a lot.

04-16-2007, 08:06 PM
Out of an 11 person team only one is graduating. Next year will be a bigger issue, when 4 or 5 of us graduate. We're really hoping that there will be FLL members coming up to fill the holes.

04-16-2007, 08:19 PM
We have three seniors graduating. Unfortunately, 2 others want to quit and we only had 11 this year...

04-16-2007, 08:24 PM
Team 1636 is losing 8 seniors out of 21 people, unfortuantely the team was only successful and good due to these 8 seniors since the team's rookie year(except 2, 1 joined this year from moving from California and 1 joined because he finally filled the pre-requisite to join our team).1-3 of the Juniors care and worked hard on the team and 1 sophomore actually did anything for the team. But it doesn't matter anymore, Team 1636 won't be around next year anyway unfortunately.:(

04-16-2007, 08:26 PM
Thankfully, 1089's only losing 3 seniors. One very active one, one from a neighbor school, and one who just joined the team this year. Next year will be a heartbreaking loss for us though. =)

04-16-2007, 08:31 PM
6 out of 14 members are seniors. Which includes our programmer, driver, operator, coach, and most of the build team.

04-16-2007, 08:33 PM
On a strange and unfortunate note, Team 66 will only have 6 members left over this year as approximately 66% of the team is graduating...

For those in similar situations... i guess its time to start recruitment... hmmm....

04-16-2007, 08:38 PM
Our team is "losing" quite a few seniors, including the Team Founder (me). However, me and one or two others will be attending the University of Minnesota here in the Twin Cities and will be back to help out the team next year!

04-17-2007, 12:54 PM
Yea, all of our team leadership and the drive team and 90% of the build team is graduating. We'll have 4 members left (2 juniors, 1 soph, and 1 fresh) all of which need to learn how to build a robot on their own... Any other teams in the bay area in the same boat are more than welcome to help out and work together.

04-17-2007, 01:36 PM
Exploding Bacon is only losing 3 seniors this year...(and one is staying in town for school so we won't lose her completely)

Most of our core members are juniors this year....its their assignment to recruit and train their replacements in the next year. We are lucky that we have middle schoolers on our team so our future is secure.

Good luck to all the graduates. If you are going to college in Florida look us up.

04-17-2007, 02:08 PM
Luckily Team 228 won't be losing too many seniors this year (I'll be one of them), but the younger members will have some big shoes to fill next year.

Last season our team was in the situation of losing all but about 5 members due to the graduating class. Through an innovative marketing 'strategy' where I brought my Segway to school demonstrations and open houses, we recruited about 20-25 new members to our team for the past school year. (In the previous two seasons, we were usually only able to recruit about 5-10 new members a year.) So if you are ever in a bind for recruiting new members, and if you have access to a Segway, use it! :D

04-17-2007, 03:49 PM
Our team has 13 students, 7 of which are graduating this year ...

So we're losing our only programmer, our website designer, our entire graphic design team (I think), our fundraising team, our chairman's award team, our only scout, both our strategists, and over half of the mechanical team. hah yikes. Maybe next year all of us will come back (thus making an extremely overly-mentored team). lolz

04-17-2007, 04:19 PM
Cyber Blue 234 is losing 8 seniors, but we still have 26 members. The big obstacle we will have to overcome is the fact that our website designer (check it (http://www.cyberblue234.com) out!), inventor captain, programming brains, electronics girl and guy, graphics designer, foreign exchange student, and team captain (who designed our drive this year) are all leaving! Although 234 has huge shoes to fill, everyone on the team is up to it and is looking forward to another great season!!! It will be so sad at our team banquet in May!!

Thanks to Brian, Jon, Rachel, Warren, Sohaib, Joe, Ariel, and Nathan for all of your hard work this year!

04-17-2007, 06:13 PM
hey 668,
604 is losing 9 seniors (including me) this year, but we are lucky to have several underclassmen left behind. your team is welcome to contact ours if they need any help next year. you guys are less than 15 minutes away... =]

04-17-2007, 07:07 PM
im one of the seniors on team 65 i hate that i have to move on i have been involved in my team in numerous ways and its really hard for me to leave but the best way for me to cope with the fact that i do have to move on is just thinking about the good times and thinking about the fact that i am a official alumni of the huskie brigade and a offical mentor all of our seniors plan to come back to mentor

04-17-2007, 07:09 PM
Our rookie year was last year and we had about 15 core members: 2 seniors, 3 sophmores, and the rest juniors. This year was a good year for us as 13 out of 15 core members returned and actually knew what we were doing. Now we're losing most of our dedicated members including: 3/4 drive team (driver, operator, coach), both programers, captains of devices and drivetrain, all but 1 of the people who can actually write (yuk!), and 3/4 of our leadership crew. Although we recruited many new members they haven't really had to go through build season with out guidance before.

Sadly I am one of the seniors graduating...
However, wo0t college!

Scott Morgan
04-17-2007, 10:04 PM
We're only losing 3 seniors this year, including myself. I'm more worried about when we lose next years senior class. I think we're going to be losing about seven people at the end of next year, including our awesome driver/captain/CAD expert Jeff. However, I will be mentoring next year, because four years in FIRST isn't enough, and I'm already outlining some of the knowledge that I will be passing on to our new members.

04-17-2007, 10:08 PM
I think 675 is only losing our programmer.

Most of our team is Sophomores, with one main Junior (he's the build leader) and a few freshmen (like Connor -- He's useful, man!).

04-17-2007, 10:17 PM
The seniors that we lose this year are pretty much the life of our team. We're losing a Captain, Driver, Driver, Person who designs the bot, human player, and their respective parents which help make this possible. Next year will be the hardest year to date because we lose the people who actually know what they're doing.

The rest of the underclassmen have some big shoes to fill. and we all know what big shoes mean...
...big socks.

04-17-2007, 10:21 PM
MORT is 'losing' around 10 Seniors this year... although I hope that myself and the rest of them will come back from time to time as alumni.

The three senior classes before mine were much larger, so this year won't be as devastating of a loss to our growth as previous years had been.

04-17-2007, 10:24 PM
Well, this coming season is going to be difficult for Team 4 considering we're losing quite a few of the lead roles in our team. Out of the 20ish members we have, we're losing 5 to college (possibly a few to local colleges, possibly coming back as mentors). We're losing our team captain, the three persons responsible for the past two years eletrical wiring, and one incredible machinist / mechanical student.

All in all we're losing at least one person from every aspect of our team, but that will only make the juniors and sophomores strive to work that much harder next year. Our team will mainly consist of seniors at that point, so we will also have to work twice as hard training the under-classmen to fill our roles once we graduate and go off to college. Hopefully, it will be an amazing year either way.

04-17-2007, 10:34 PM
Everything worked out weird for 422, we are only loosing one senior graduating this year although it will be a much bigger number next year

04-17-2007, 10:48 PM
We're losing one current member, and one who was a member in previous years but never showed up this year.

Not too shabby, considering the size of the team doubled at the beginning of this year, all underclassmen. We should only lose ~4 next year, even.

04-17-2007, 11:01 PM
88 currently has 14 seniors graduating (unless I missed one). It seems like a big number, but I suppose not for a team with 55 members.
We won't be losing any of the drive team, but we will lose several people who work on the robot, the webmaster (me, but I plan on sticking around), and the loudest craziest members that keep our spirit as high as it is.

04-18-2007, 12:26 AM
All 31 members of team 1717 are seniors, so next year's team will be starting completely from scratch (apart from the mentors of course). We're a perpetually rookie team. It's a steep learning curve, but I'm sure that all the members of the next 1717 generation will be able to build on everything we learned this year.

04-18-2007, 03:14 PM
Team 103 has 11 seniors graduating this year. That leaves about 20 kids for next year. The animation crew is down to 3 members out of 9, a huge loss for the them. But, the underclassmen have been trained well. In addtion, part of the drive team and the lead inventor crew members are graduating, too. Next year will be a lot of hard work for the members, but all have been trained well to make the transition as easy as possible.

04-18-2007, 03:20 PM
our team is losing most of our members as well, but most of us are coming back as mentors. I myself am cheating the system, because I will be staying at school for an extra year to work up my mark more. So in theory I will still be a student because I will still be in school, yet I have graduated... figure that out :p but if I can't then I mentor. Our team will only get bigger, none of us want to leave lol!

Stephi Rae
04-18-2007, 08:06 PM
Not only is team 1983 a rookie team, but we have zero, yes zero! graduating seniors. Our school, Aviation High School in Seattle, is only three years old, meaning that we do not have any seniors at all in the entire school. The now junior class, were the inaugural class back in 2004, so we have been the "seniors" the whole way through. We're looking forward to an awesome year next year having every one back for a second go around! Unfortunately that also means that we will have to eventually train totally new electrical, mechanical and people to design the shirts... :ahh:

04-18-2007, 08:08 PM
Team 997 is only loosing 2 seniors this year, we had a really young team but it worked our for us :D

04-25-2007, 02:22 PM
On a strange and unfortunate note, Team 66 will only have 6 members left over this year as approximately 66% of the team is graduating...

For those in similar situations... i guess its time to start recruitment... hmmm....
For many years LASA Robotics was a small sized team, 7 - 10 members. Then it started growing up to 18 and then more. When the team was still smallish, a boatload of the team's base graduated in 2004. Those seniors had pretty well covered every area of the team, mechanical, programming, etc. Their graduation left the remaining team members feeling tentative, nervous - until the first day of robotics. :) Then they were fine. And, they learned that the graduates, for the most part, were one email or AIM message away. In recent years, we have developed a tradition of Senior Toasts on the Friday of our Lone Star Regional competition. Everyone gathers together, students, parents, mentors and we toast the Seniors with sparkling apple juice. The seniors each have an opportunity to speak and often share their wisdom. This year, one of our seniors encouraged the students, many of whom were rookies this year, 'not to be afraid.' All of the seniors encouraged their team mates, telling them that they will be fine because of their year or years' experience with the team. It was a very humbling and powerful time with the team. Seniors rock.
All the best to you, Class of 2007.