What an amazing weekend. Easily the best competition that I’ve ever been a part of. I’m exhausted, and partially at a loss for words, but let me try this anyways.
Team 865 - We’re honoured to have worked with you. You played some hard nosed defense, and cleared many paths for us to the goals. Good luck with the fundraising for Atlanta.
Team 1680 - You’ve certainly done a lot of growing. That was great set of matches during the finals. Great work.
Team 1305 - Your team is a model that all other teams can and should look up to. Thanks for all your support and help.
Team 771 - I do FIRST for a lot of reasons. One of the reasons is seeing the excitement and passion in the students. Your team is filled with this. You truly “Get it”. From the top down, you team is absolutely amazing. You girls inspire me.
Teams 229, 217 & 4 - By far the toughest challenge we’ve faced this year. You had us on the ropes, and shaking in our boots. I can only imagine what would have happened if you were at 100%. Let’s just say I don’t like the potential outcome.
Team 4 - you were an inspiration all weekend long. You handled a tough situation in the best possible way.
Team 229 - your team is a class act. Great people, great program, great robot. To all those who haven’t seen them, when 229 has a full load of balls and heads down the field, look out. They’re nearly unstoppable.
Team 217 - This is a robot to be reckoned with in Atlanta. A consistent automode, and an accurate camera locking turret. Plus, the students on this team are just phenomenal. Some of the best and brightest in FIRST. Paul, you’ve got an amazing group. Keep jumping up and down.
All the American teams who made the trip - Thanks for coming to add some American flavour to our event. I know customs and all can be a hassle, thanks so much for coming in spite of the obstacles. You definitely increased the excitement and energy of the event.
Steve Warren, Amanda Cortese and Joel Johnson - What a great set of emcees and announcers we had this weekend. You guys carried me through the weekend.
Shawn Lim - I’m so proud of you. The WFA is a perfect fit for you. You’re constantly teaching and inspiring. Your efforts can be seen in the dedication of all your students. Thanks for being a friend over the past 14 years.
I’m repeating words. A sign of a very tired Karthik. I’ll write more tomorrow.