DEWBOT XIV Hatboro-Horsham

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We finished qualifications in 7th place (of 32). We were invited by 1218 (Vulcan Robotics) to join the 2nd Alliance. Together with 1218 and 1647 (Iron Devils), we blew through Quarter and Semifinals. So did the 1st Alliance (2590 Nemesis, 25 Raider Robotix, and 6226 Blue Devils). In Finals, we lost the first round to the 1st Alliance by 15 points (259-244). We then took the victory in the 2nd match by 17 points (252-260). These were two amazingly evenly-matched alliances! Alas, in the 3rd match, the fiberglass cascade anchors in our lift shattered early in the match, leaving us unable to score. We finished as finalists.

For the first time ever, Team Sab-BOT-age received the District Chairman's Award! This is a significant achievement for the team. Our fedoras are off to our Chairman's sub-team!

In addition, Head Mentor Clem McKown received the FIRST Mid Atlantic Don Bowers Inspiration Award. Since 1995, Donald Bowers has served FIRST in our region, facilitating the development of regionals and as Regional Director. Donald has had an unmistakable presence at FIRST events - one that welcomes each and every student, encouraging them to pursue their passions with humility and compassion. The Donald Bowers Inspiration Award recognizes individuals who instill the values of FIRST within their teams and community. According to the local event committee:

For over 10 years this mentor has selflessly dedicated his time to his team and FIRST. As the go to guy on his team, he is always there to help troubleshoot software and hardware issues, resolve differences of opinions and keeping the team together through tough challenges. This mentor can be seen volunteering at many FIRST events but perhaps his most profound impact is on his own students. He challenges students to be more than they think they can be and his calming presence leaves no room for Sabotage.

1640 alumnus mentor Mike Rizzo and Sathya Yalvigi were Judges at Hatboro-Horsham. Clem McKown served as Robot Inspector.

Hatboro Horsham MAR District Event Photo Gallery