As I often do during the summer, I followed a highlight post to an old thread, in this case FIRST Alumni from fall 2009.
I’m curious as to the situation today, almost 8 years later. I know there are lots of alums who are active on CD and have gone on to mentor their old team, another team, volunteer or work at FIRST HQ, or find employment at AndyMark, Vex, and such. A bit from them is welcome, but mostly I’d like to hear updates from those story we haven’t heard recently – alums (whether of your team or another) who are active in FIRST mentoring, volunteering, judging, and so forth who are not regular CD posters.
Slidell is about an hour from the closest solid engineering college (Tulane), and hour and a half from the closest affordable one (LSU), but these are larger than many of our graduates are comfortable with. The Universities of New Orleans, Southeast Louisiana, and Louisiana at Lafayette have done a better job of drawing our English and business majors than our science and engineering majors. The largest share of our graduates head up to Woodie’s Alma Mater, LA Tech, which is about five hours away in Ruston. Our only alumnus mentor I am aware of is our founder, Gixxy, who is also my son, who mentored the West Monroe team (3468) his freshman year, and who has continued to support 3946 through the years, including taking an unpaid week off of work this summer to teach a programming camp. I am not aware of any other of our alumni who are mentoring or volunteering elsewhere, though our first four-year student Jonathan Ruppel (JRuppel) is still actively following and even scouting the league. I am not aware of any interest in mentoring 3946 from alumni of other teams.