Everett Schools’ Jackson High Wins Rookie All-Star Award at FIRST Robotics Competition and Heads to World Competition
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Thorleifson reports that, despite the immense amount of time they have spent focused on the FIRST project, 11 of the students improved their grades in the classroom (and the others continued as straight-A scholars). More than half the team members raised their grade point averages one full point as a result of their work in math, science and technology in association with the competition. Some team members elevated their GPAs by two entire points.
The Rookie All-Star Award is granted to the team that, in the judges’ estimation, best represents a model for other teams to emulate and which embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST. It remains FIRST’s most prestigious award for rookie teams. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an annual international competition designed to build science, engineering and technology skills that inspire innovation and foster well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication and leadership.
Corporate and individual sponsors have provided grants to fund the Jackson High team’s entry in the regionals and its trip to
Jackson High is one of six teams to qualify for the
“I have learned a ton about the incredible potential of a group of dedicated students and the potential influence that working with a group of professionals has on students,” said Thorleifson. “Personally, I’ve learned how amazing it is to work with a team on which all are focused on a common goal. It makes ideas more brilliant, effort more worthwhile and mistakes more fun.”
“This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever done,” remarked
Jackson’s team earned the Rookie All-Star Award specifically for its team spirit, promoting FIRST at local middle schools, participation in community events, securing college-credit opportunities for local students involved in FIRST, and other activities.
The Jackson High team is still raising funds to offset the costs of the three-day
Henry M Jackson High School Attn: JHS FIRST Robotics Team 2910 1508 136th St SE Mill Creek, WA 98012 Phone (425) 385-7000, Fax (425) 385-7002 Tax ID #: 91-6001542 Maggie Thorleifson can be reached directly at 425-385-7183
The Jackson High School team members include:
Colin Bundschu, Brian Stephanand Mike Tomber
Natasha Gendran, Monica Ilich, Bryan Kim, Arwen Reeves, Kartik Rishi and Patrick Woolfenden
Christian Bundschuand Charlie Franklin
Jeff Goodhue, Tyler Hittle, Michael Yagiand Kai-Hwa Yao
Team mentors are:
- Jackson High School Teachers:
Maggie Thorleifson, Richard Graham
- Boeing Engineers:
Brian Gattman, Joel Lopez, Joris Poort, and David Wilson,
- Fluke Engineer:
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