I figured I’d start this thread up
I want to give a huge, HUGE thank you to everyone I spoke with this weekend. For me, this weekend was incredibly inspirational, and as I came in tired and weak-willed on Thursday, as soon as I spoke to Wayne Penn, whether or not he realized it, it raised my attitude for the rest of the weekend. After the finals, I don’t think you’d find many people being so excited to lose anywhere but in FIRST. What an awe-filled weekend.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who made this event run smoothly!! Week one events are always rough, but the crew on this event made it look like it was week 6. Very few issues with field and communications, pretty darn good on timing (especially for week 1), and wonderful volunteers. You made us all feel welcome and treated us with respect (even if we couldn’t get our robots to the queue in a timely manner ). THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
I really want to thank teams 1647 and 102 for being amazing alliance partners for us. You are full of amazing people, and together we did amazing things. To losing by 102 points in the first qualification match to developing a strategy that took us to the finals (before we broke down in various ways in the two finals matches), I don’t regret a darn thing. That was the most fun my students and I have had in an incredibly long time, and I wish you guys the best in your future competitions. THANK YOU!
Congrats to 1676, 2016, and 303 in winning the event! You guys clearly had outstanding machine, drivers, and strategy! Your scores were daunting, and we knew we would have a hard time facing you. As I said to Chuck DiVincenzo of 1647, “We’ve all never been here before, so for us, this is our bonus round. Let’s give it our all”. I knew you guys were going to be in the finals, but I had no idea it’d be against us. You were a force to be reckoned with, and deserve your regional win! Congrats!
Also Congratulations to 2016 again on the Regional Chairman’s Award! You guys are a fantastic team, and with great support of alumni, mentors, and parents, you guys do tremendous things! You deserve this accolade, and I truly wish you the best! See you in DC!
Congratulations to Pete Kieselback for winning Volunteer of the year. I cannot say enough outstanding things about Pete, and I have held him in tremendous regard since I’ve known him. He gives his heart and soul to make sure our events run well, and now is back to mentoring a team! He often sits behind the scene, but is the pillar that this event stands on. He is truly an inspiration.
Congratulations to Peter Randall of team 1218 for winning the Regional Woodie Flowers Finalist Award! While this weekend was the first time I had met Peter, when I revealed the winner of the award to the other WFFAs on the stadium floor, they had all agreed that the recipient was well-deserved, and that it was a “long time coming”.
Lastly, Congratulations to team 1089’s very own LENNY BERNAS for making the Dean’s List!!! Lenny holds the structure and organization of our team together, from developing the business plan, organizing content on our webpage, writing our chairman’s and WFA essays, developing our presentations to the community, developing content for future FLL and FRC teams, and more. Lenny celebrates FIRST in every facet of his life, sharing it with band members, boy scouts, cub scouts, and even businesses and sponsors. He’s a ball of energy, and a “poster boy” for the inspiration that FIRST gives students. He’ll be studying oceanic engineering at FIT next year, and we will miss him very much. Congrats again, Lenny!
Boy, that was fun!