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UFH: Joe Ross

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Name: Joe Ross
Date Honored: 02-28-2005
Years involved w/FIRST: 9
FIRST Team(s): J&,F Machine/NASA-JPL/Raytheon &, Hope Chapel Academy (0330), Bausch &, Lomb Incorporated &, Churchville-Chili High School (0340), Bausch &, Lomb Incorporated/Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. &, Edison School of Engineering &, Manufacturing High School (0073), Hoselton/OCM Technical Services, Inc./Crosby-Brownlie, Inc. &, The Charles Finney High School (1405)
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Quote: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Bio: Joe Ross was a college mentor extraordinare, and made the rest of us look good. Involved with many teams throughout his nine years, Joe is well known in the FIRST community as well as here on the ChiefDelphi Forums.

Unlike many of the memories that are recalled by winners, Joe mentioned, "I have two favorite FIRST memories, both occurring when I wasn't there." Though it sounds odd, Joe had great stories to share with us. "During my years as a student on 330, I had always thought we had a chance at winning the chairmans award. However, I never had the time, creativity or writing ability to pull it off. Two years after I left for college, they decided to do a chairmans entry. The last weekend consisted of a late night technical support session where I hacked into their computer from across the country to retrieve the entry. At the competition then, I talked to my mom after the elimination rounds (like she always does) and she told me about getting eliminated in the semis and the great battle in the championship matches. However, several hours later, she called to say they won the chairmans award. To see the years of “Putting Others FIRST” finally be recognized was absolutely amazing.

"Last year I was mentoring 1405 (Finney Falcons), and couldn’t attend the Annapolis regional because of all the work I had to complete on my senior design project. I really like the group of students, teachers, and parents, and that was probably my hardest event I ever skipped). Friday I got a call after the first or second match about how the ball herder wasn’t really working that well, but I was too busy that day to follow closely. Imagine my surprise to Friday night check the FIRST site and see that we were undefeated and seeded 4th. Saturday I had a little more free time and no matter how quickly the FIRST site was updated with information, it wasn’t fast enough. I was chatting at the same time with a friend from another team there who couldn’t make it, and we’d pass information back and forth as we got it. As it got closer to alliance selection, the information both of us got diminished drastically. Imagine my surprise when I got the call that we finished undefeated, seeded 2nd, picked team 16, and set the highest score to date in the 2nd round. After that, it was the longest hour of my life to hear back that we won the regional. I was so very proud of all the hard work that the Finney students, parents and teachers put it that I welled up in tears."

After his long tenure in FIRST, Joe had a few words to say about accomplishments. "The biggest accomplishment is graduating with a BSEE while staying actively involved in FIRST throughout college. It took a lot of long nights, a lot of lost sleep, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The teams that I have been on have accomplished a whole lot, but those aren’t my accomplishments. The most I ever did was provide the push in the right direction, without amazing teams, my signature wouldn’t exist."

Finally, Joe shared some advice for all of us to heed: "Broaden your horizons. It’s amazing how much more you can learn when you are forced to work outside your comfort zone. I became a much better mentor after switching teams. I’ve worked with small private schools and big inner city public schools. It takes a completely different method to reach the students at each, but that experience helps with everyone."

Congratulations to Joe Ross, recipient of the next Unsung FIRST Heroes Award.

Nominated By: Greg Needel

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Re: UFH: Joe Ross

Congratulations to Joe Ross for being honored as our next Unsung FIRST Hero.
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Re: UFH: Joe Ross

Joe, congratulations, it's about time you've been honored.

You and Kristina have to go down as the two FIRSTer's from CA that I *STILL* haven't met. I met your dad last year, maybe we'll meet this year
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Re: UFH: Joe Ross

Congratulations! I dont really know you, but you are definetly one of the people whose advice I am sure to take note of, and whose posts I always take the time to read.
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Congrats Joe. You were one of the first people I talked to and eventually met in FIRST outside of my own team. I have enjoyed talking with you all those times late at night, at competitions, and having you and Amy over at the house for Cal Games in the fall of 2002. You're an awesome person, and your resume speaks for itself. I'm looking forward to seeing you again in a couple days at the Sacramento Regional. Take care, and take it easy.

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PS - It made me feel great to see that Sea Dawgs' shirt in that picture. Those were some good days. Thanks for bringing back those memories with just the picture .
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Yeah! Congrats Joe! Thanks sooooo much for coming back and mentoring our team this year! We are very lucky to have you!
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Re: UFH: Joe Ross

Congrats Joe!

I always had a great deal respect for all your FIRST knowledge. You always have the right answers for all types of technical questions, mechanical, electrical and programming. As well, you're a walking reference when it comes to FIRST history.

A well deserved honour for someone who's an asset to our entire community.
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Well done Joe. You've worked hard, and the results speak for themselves.

You've at least inspired me.


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Hey Joe, congrats! Your wealth of FIRST history and knowledge absolutely amazes me.
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Finally! Your time has come. You definitely deserve this recognition. You have brought alot of good things to FIRST, and hopefully will have alot more to give.

Wearing a seadawgs t-shirt too, classic!
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Yay Joe Ross! I was wondering when you'd get this honor...congratulations!! You've earned it. =)
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Re: UFH: Joe Ross

Congrats Joe, i have only gotten to talk to you a few times, but you are definatly a intergal part of FIRST
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You deserve this so much, dude. I'm very glad to know you, much less be friends with you. Truly one of the finest examples of a FIRSTer, and a great guy.

I remember sitting in my team's pit at Nationals in 2002, furiously reprogramming the robot while listening to some music, being tapped on the shoulder by our lead mentor, and seeing you standing there. I was so sorry I couldn't talk. I wanted so much just to hang out for a bit. But over the years, we've had a few occasions to hang out, so I can't complain too much.

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Woo, congrats Joe. Definitely deserve the honor, you've pretty much helped me at every event I've seen you at, although there was that one time your team scratched up my robot right across our nice logo...

And Cory, I wonder if it's odd that I've met Joe, um, a bunch of times (I lost count), and you've never met him?
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Re: UFH: Joe Ross

Congrats Joe. You've helped out around FIRST and these forums tremendously. Thank you.
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