It was a GREAT year for Chap Robotics’ Team Appreciate (FIRST Team 2468). In fact, it was our best year ever…again! With each year, the program matures, expands, and has even more success.
This year, Team Appreciate took home the three most coveted regional awards in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) all in one year. This year’s honors included:
- Regional Chairman’s Award
The Chairman’s Award is the highest award given at any FRC competition, and it qualifies the team to compete at FIRST Championships against 399 other top FRC teams from around the world. Ray LaPlante, judge advisor at the Hub City Regional, read the following when announcing Team Appreciate’s win:
“The Regional Chairman’s Award represents the true spirit of FIRST. It honors the team that best serves as a model for other teams to emulate and that embodies the goals of FIRST. It remains FIRST’s most prestigious team award. The Chairman’s Award is presented to the team judged to have the most significant, measurable impact of its partnerships among its participants, school, and community over a sustained period, not just a single build season or school year. The winner is able to demonstrate progress toward FIRST’s mission of transforming our culture. The recipient will be invited to the FIRST Championship, where it will compete for the Chairman’s Award against the winner s from all other qualifying events.
This team continues to find new avenues for evangelizing careers in STEM internationally. The mentor at least six robotics teams, have directly inspired hundreds of students and positively influenced thousands through their efforts with FIRST partners. They host regional events and programs for students at many grade levels. Significant support for FIRST and BEST robotics position this team as effective leaders.”
- Regional Winner & Alliance Captain
Team Appreciate went on to win the robotics competition at their next regional competition as the 3rd Place Alliance Captain. This qualified the team (again) to compete at FIRST Championships, as well as qualifying their two alliance partners: FIRST Team 2789, TEXplosion (Manor New Tech High School) and FIRST Team 4063, TriKzR4Kidz (Del Rio High School), to compete at FIRST Championships. Together the alliance became known on FRC forums as “Exploding Bunny Appreciation.”
- Woodie Flowers Award Finalist
The real cap on the great season was 2468’s “Coach” Norman Morgan receiving the prestigious Woodie Flowers Finalist Award at the 2013 Hub City Regional. This award is given for excellence in the art of mentorship; students submit nominations, which makes this award really special. Read the essay Team Appreciate submitted to nominate Coach for this award.
- Engineering Excellence Award
The team also received the Engineering Excellence Award at the Alamo Regional. The team went on to FIRST World Championships, where it was a semifinalist in the Archimedes Division, after finishing 4th in that division after qualifying matches.