Congratulations to 2023 WFFA recipients!

Congratulations to all of the wonderful 2023 Woodie Flowers Finalist Award (WFFA) recipients. All of these names have been added to the grand list of WFFA winners*, now totaling 1044 names.

Team Last Name First Name Event Year
316 Hasson Danielle Mid-Atlantic Championship 2023
359 Bruno Jeff Hawaii Regional 2023
365 Dudek Robert Mid-Atlantic Championship 2023
386 Bernier Debra Orlando Regional 2023
422 Wheeler Samantha Chesapeake District Championship 2023
456 Dickerson Virginia Magnolia 2023
691 Dolgin Aaron Aerospace Valley Regional 2023
695 Dickey Christopher Buckeye Regional 2023
766 Cahoon Ryan Sacramento Regional 2023
987 Hjelstrom Brandon Las Vegas Regional 2023
1038 Weekley Robert Rocket City Regional 2023
1108 Ure Mary Ellen Greater Kansas City Regional 2023
1329 Arnett Stacy St. Louis Regional 2023
1591 Renalletti Maressa Finger Lakes Regional 2023
1622 Kildea Brian Bayou Regional 2023
1671 Nabors Andrew Central Valley Regional 2023
1710 Brown Corey Heartland 2023
1732 Gerbacio Sandra Mejia Miami Valley Regional 2023
1735 Galotti Nicholas New England FIRST Championship 2023
1771 Wilson Christopher Peachtree District Championship 2023
1796 Singh Tia Long Island Regional #2 2023
1816 Margolis Rachel Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional 2023
1967 Carrillo Marta Silicon Valley Regional 2023
1986 Bond Aaron Central Missouri Regional 2023
2102 des Jardins Stephen Ventura County Regional 2023
2152 Stears Kimberly South Florida Regional 2023
2199 Young Rose Chesapeake District Championship 2023
2358 Keyzer John Midwest Regional 2023
2429 Mendoza Brian Hueneme Port Regional 2023
2481 Martin Ben Central Illinois Regional 2023
2491 Ward Chris Northern Lights Regional 2023
2638 Dressner Ellen Long Island Regional #1 2023
2656 Gilmore Meg Pittsburgh Regional 2023
2713 Giovanardi Elizabeth New England FIRST Championship 2023
2832 Carlini Isolina Michigan State Championship 2023
2905 Gür Mertcan Istanbul Regional 2023
3075 Bar-Levy Zehavit FIRST Isreal District Championship 2023
3219 Zawisiak Christopher PNW Championship 2023
3243 Hendricks Douglas Utah Regional 2023
3354 Lezama Juan Arturo Munoz Regional Puebla 2023
3418 Fox Peter Wisconsin Regional 2023
3419 Salem Adam New York City Regional 2023
3478 Tapia Laura Regional Monterrey 2023
3494 Bessler Pamela Indiana Championship 2023
3501 Stone Sean Orange County Regional 2023
3506 Dumitrescu Iaiela North Carolina District Championship 2023
3534 Purdy Chris Michigan State Championship 2023
3926 Shapiro Marc Minnesota North Star Regional at LaCrosse 2023
3986 Chang Bou-Phon Festival de Robotique Regional 2023
4265 Buckner Lisa Smoky Mountains Regional 2023
4418 Graber Jack Colorado Regional 2023
4531 Klein Travis Seven Rivers Regional 2023
4598 Strohm Ronaly Idaho Regional 2023
4607 Applegate Corey Great Northern Regional 2023
4930 Rothfuss Arianna New York Tech Valley Regional 2023
4959 Dalton Aaron Arkansas Regional 2023
5089 Cruz Rigoberto Los Angeles Regional 2023
5331 Chin Timothy Southern Cross Regional 2023
5406 Simons Brendan Ontario Provincial Championship 2023
5468 Haines Janette PNW Championship 2023
5665 Zenginler Abidin Halic Regional 2023
5816 Eaton Jessie Tallahassee Regional 2023
5914 Woyczik Michael Iowa Regional 2023
5993 Çetin Barış San Diego Regional 2023
6121 McBride Janet Michigan State Championship 2023
6199 Gomez Diana Regional Leguna 2023
6352 Koehring John Arizona West Regional 2023
6364 Ablett Todd Canadian Pacific Regional 2023
6424 Adams Ruth Oklahoma Regional 2023
6431 Yalçın Sedat Bosphorus Regional 2023
6672 Novinski David Texas District Championship 2023
6800 Ray Michael Texas District Championship 2023
7413 Lussier Matthew Monterey Bay Regional 2023
7426 Bechtler Alex Arizona East Regional 2023
7567 Bonicio Daniele Brazil Regional 2023
7659 Kozma Karen Ontario Provincial Championship 2023
8516 Kruse Todd Lake Superior Regional 2023
8711 Taylor Melinda Green Country Regional 2023
9143 Stevens Jenny San Francisco Regional 2023
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Sincerely,
Andy Baker

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Congrats to everyone on the list! It’s awesome to see mentors I’ve met and worked with before win WFFA, they definitely deserve it.

But I’d also like to point out 987, who has 8(!) WFFA winners as of this year. I know it’s an individual award, but there’s gotta be something in that team that teaches the mentors the spirit of FIRST.

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Todd Ablett is a legend in competitive robotics, and I’m so glad to see him earn this well deserved recognition! One of the most impressive mentors you’ll ever meet.

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Since 2009:

WFFA/year
High Rollers 0.4
Michigan 1.1

*I’m certain every one of those 987 WFFA went to a deserving mentor and accept that the WFAs are wiser than I am when it come to acknowledging district mentors. Don’t split a new thread, just go read one of the old ones… (Just wanted to add some context for the district essay writers out there.)

I’ve mentored with Todd for 7 years. He could best be described as a force of nature. I’m not sure his system is reproducible without a history in air traffic control and at least dozen other lived experiences, but it works and I try to pick some things up along the way. One of our parents, not realizing how that award is decided, declared “He might have still won if the students wrote ‘Todd Ablett’ and submitted it.” and that might have actually worked locally.

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