Regional Chairman’s Award Winners in California

Regional Chairman’s Award Winners in California

2020 Regional Chairman’s Award Winners in California.

The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST and it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the mission of FIRST. It was created to keep the central focus of FIRST Robotics Competition on the ultimate goal of transforming the culture in ways that will inspire greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology, as well as encouraging more of today’s youth to become science and technology leaders.

We are proud to recognize the following 14 teams who earned this esteemed award in and from California. 

AEROSPACE VALLEY REGIONAL

Team 3925
Ventura, CA

CENTRAL VALLEY REGIONAL

Team 254
San Jose, CA

DEL MAR REGIONAL

Team 1622
Poway, CA

LOS ANGELES REGIONAL

Team 4400
Torreon, Mexico

LOS ANGELES NORTH REGIONAL

Team 2429
La Canada, CA

MONTEREY BAY REGIONAL

Team 1671
Clovis, CA

ORANGE COUNTY REGIONAL

Team 5810
Santa Fe Springs, CA

SACRAMENTO REGIONAL

Team 1197
Torrance, CA

SAN DIEGO REGIONAL

Team 498
Glendale, AZ

SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL

Team 4904
San Mateo, CA

SILICON VALLEY REGIONAL

Team 604
San Jose, CA

VENTURA REGIONAL

Team 2584
Calabasas, CA

IDAHO REGIONAL

Team 3309
Anaheim, CA

ST. LOUIS REGIONAL

Team 1678
Davis, CA

Woodie Flowers Finalist Award Winners from California

Woodie Flowers Finalist Award Winners from California

2020 Woodie Flowers Finalist Awards Winners from California

The Woodie Flowers Award is special for the mentors, because it is the students’ choice.

This award celebrates outstanding communication in the art and science of engineering and design. It was created honor of the late Dr. Woodie Flowers and celebrates a mentor who, in the concisely communicated written words of students, demonstrates the leadership, ethical behavior, and communication skills exemplified by Woodie.

For each Regional event, one mentor was selected to receive the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. Please join us in celebrating the 2020 Woodie Flowers Finalist award recipients, all from California!

AWARD RECIPIENTS:

This mentor has, in the words of the students, applied constant dedication and passion for STEM over the years. The result has been students whose knowledge and enthusiasm for robotics and engineering have grown in both depth and breadth. With this mentor’s guidance, students have gained more than skills and techniques – they have gained a thorough understanding of their larger role in the team and beyond.

Goodman "Dennis" Barnes

Aerospace Valley Regional, Team 2429

This mentor has been a steady source of expertise and stability for their team. Adding his experience allows students to understand mechanical solutions as well as explore options not yet thought of. Whether it is teaching a student the proper technique to weld or working to increase the size of the membership, his apparently tireless efforts are felt by all of the students.

Rory Buchenroth

Central Valley Regional, Team 2035

This individual has been an active part of FIRST in both the FLL and FRC programs throughout the past 12 years. This person’s journey consists of mentorship, volunteering at events, and most importantly inspiring students and creating an inclusive culture in the team’s program. The ability of this individual to promote the culture of FIRST as a service-oriented, diverse, and spirited program deserves great recognition. Instilling in students, the desire to celebrate team successes as the sum of each and every individual’s contributions is this person’s mantra.

Richard Sisk

Del Mar Regional, Team 6960

This mentor is focused on student engagement, student knowledge and student development using precise communication skills. One student stated “…he encouraged us to improve our communications as well. Whether that be by capturing more in presentations and documentation or enhancing technical communications by helping improve the design-build-programming cycle…”.

Additionally, another student believe’s he is “crucial in helping students gain a deeper understanding of engineering concepts. For instance, to help refine our knowledge of gear ratios, he developed his own modified version of JVN’s Gearbox Calculator. His precise, research-and-data-driven approach to finding solutions has drastically changed how designs, mechanical, electrical, and software, are developed.”

Mike Hashiro

Los Angeles Regional, Team 2637

This mentor has been motivating and encouraging students to be better on a daily basis for thirteen years. He enforces the team’s engineering method, “Think, Design, Build.”

But above all else, when the going gets tough and stressful, he offers the simplest and perhaps best advice of all, “just breathe”.

Jason Takamoto

Los Angeles North Regional, Team 207

This mentor not only manages his teams organization, he also creates seminars and learning sessions to enable new students to become versed in the skills needed to design and build robots. He encourages the members to collect data, document actions, maintain engineering notes, and be able to present the results competently. His passion for robotics goes beyond the team as he is involved in expanding FIRST teams and events around the area.

Robert Hyde

Monterey Bay Regional, Team 5104

The students on this team note that this mentor sees potential in all our team members even when they can’t. This mentor has created a team of leaders with values that team members retain after they move out into their careers. Through this mentor’s efforts, his students have learned how to problem-solve, and not just in Engineering.

Daniel Guerrero

Orange County Regional, Team 5810

This mentor’s insistence on students learning from hands-on trial and error has transformed this team into one which has provided generations of kids meaningful engineering experiences. It is the lessons we learn through failure and success that this mentor is clearly passionate about. It is the approach to communicating to students that has clearly worked for this team over the past 14 years and they are much better prepared for the future.

Gary Gin

Sacramento Regional, Team 2204

As the students wrote, “This mentor’s natural openness and enthusiasm is infectious, earning respect and trust from all team members. His bubbly and approachable personality is why students are comfortable coming to him with all their questions, knowing he will go above and beyond to explore new ideas and encourage out of the box thinking. He pushes us to arrive at solutions ourselves with thought-provoking questions, while making sure our ideas are valued. He puts his whole heart into involving everyone, creating a team culture based on improvement and excellence.”

This mentor, “hosts events, workshops, competitions and outreach events. He is the liaison between neighboring teams sharing resources with 20 other FRC teams. He is the unwavering champion of our team, and the representative of everything we stand for.”

Saikiran Ramanan

San Diego Regional, Team 3476

This mentor strives to provide everyone on this team with individual guidance and attention, a tough task for a team of over 100 students! With tough love, this mentor precisely calculates his expectations to push the team beyond their perceived personal limits. Becoming a math teacher after retirement from being an electrical engineer, he began his real “new career” mentoring this robotics team. Coining the team mantra “Building People, Building Robots” this mentor has the energy to move mountains, but he could probably convince the mountains to move themselves!

Charles Williams

San Francisco Regional, Team 2473

This mentor knows that it is important to prioritize health above all, take breaks, laugh, and love often. Throughout her life, she has modeled the virtues that Woodie Flowers strived to reward while she continues to strive for humanity, facing unparalleled challenges in a field that has traditionally been unfriendly to women.

Pauline Breeden

Arizona North Regional, Team 1138

This mentor has been instrumental in transitioning the team from a club to a class. By working with district and student representatives, he has made FIRST available to over 20,000 students spanning across two districts. As head robotics coordinator for the district, he oversaw the design and creation of a new robotics curriculum. Through teacher and student-led plans, the unique curriculum focuses on building the student’s curiosity and spurring a passion in engineering.

His curiosity pervades into the minds of his students, encouraging students to explore a new concept or to design and iterate to ensure their curiosity is met.

Rick Jung

Ventura Regional, Team 5199

Dean’s List Finalists and Winners from California

Dean’s List Finalists and Winners from California

2020 FIRST Dean’s List Finalists and Winners from California

In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of FIRST’s most outstanding secondary school students, the Kamen family sponsors awards for selected 10th or 11th grade students known as the FIRST Dean’s List Award.

Since its introduction in 2010, the FIRST Dean’s List Award has attracted the attention of prestigious colleges and universities who desire to recruit FIRST Dean’s List students.

The students who earn FIRST Dean’s List Award status are great examples of student leaders who have led their teams and communities to increased awareness for FIRST and its mission. These students have also achieved personal technical expertise and accomplishments. It is the intention of FIRST that these individuals will continue on, post-Award, as great leaders, student alumni, and advocates of FIRST.

FIRST DEAN’S LIST WINNERS FROM CALIFORNIA:

FIRST Dean’s List Winners are comprised of 10 FIRST Robotics Competition and 10 FIRST Tech Challenge students selected from the applicable FIRST Dean’s List Finalists and were announced during the FIRST Virtual Showcase. 

We are extra proud that FIRST Dean’s List Winners are from California!  2 are FIRST Robotics Competition Dean’s List Winners and 2 are FIRST Tech Challenge Dean’s List Winners.

DEAN’S LIST WINNER

Madalyn Nguyen
Poway, CA
Team 1622

FIRST Robotics Competition

DEAN’S LIST WINNER

Ashley Farrell
San Bernardino, CA
Team 6821

FIRST Robotics Competition

DEAN’S LIST WINNER

Yavid Garcia
Compton, CA
Team 11337

FIRST Tech Challenge

DEAN’S LIST WINNER

Garreck Chan
Solana Beach, CA
Team 15146

FIRST Tech Challenge

FIRST DEAN’S LIST FINALISTS FROM CALIFORNIA:

FIRST Dean’s List Finalists are selected at each FIRST Robotics Competition Regional.  We are highlighting the 25 FIRST Robotics Competition Dean’s List Finalists from California below as many recipients did not have the opportunity to be honored at their Regional due to the season suspension. 

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Toshko Andreev
San Diego, CA
Team 2658

FIRST Robotics Competition
Del Mar Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Harold Aguirre
La Canada, CA
Team 2429

FIRST Robotics Competition
Aerospace Valley Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Halley Brewer
Temecula, CA
Team 4984

FIRST Robotics Competition
Las Vegas Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Kashyap Chaturvedula
San Jose, CA
Team 3256

FIRST Robotics Competition
Canadian Pacific Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Shua Cho
Carson, CA
Team 687

FIRST Robotics Competition
Los Angeles Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Melody Chu
San Diego, CA
Team 3341

FIRST Robotics Competition
Del Mar Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Reem Elyas
Monterey, CA
Team 4255

FIRST Robotics Competition
Monterey Bay Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Ashley Farrell
San Bernardino, CA
Team 6821

FIRST Robotics Competition
Las Vegas Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Lucia Giacalone
West Hills, CA
Team 1138

FIRST Robotics Competition
Arizona North Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Danielle Haubrich
Modesto, CA
Team 4135

FIRST Robotics Competition
Idaho Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Matthew Jelensky
Orange, CA
Team 4322

FIRST Robotics Competition
Orange County Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Jennifer Kim
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Team 2710

FIRST Robotics Competition
Ventura Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Benjamin Lappinga
Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Team 2637

FIRST Robotics Competition
Los Angeles Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Cailin Le
San Jose, CA
Team 1967

FIRST Robotics Competition
San Diego Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Eric Limonadi
La Crescenta, CA
Team 589

FIRST Robotics Competition
Los Angeles North Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Jack McDonald-Doxsee
Rohnert Park, CA
Team 8016

FIRST Robotics Competition
San Francisco Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Zane Moeller
Danville, CA
Team 1458

FIRST Robotics Competition
Sacramento Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Madalyn Nguyen
Poway, CA
Team 1622

FIRST Robotics Competition
San Diego Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Christopher Olivier
Napa, CA
Team 7667

FIRST Robotics Competition
Monterey Bay Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Olivia Onesti
Stevenson Ranch, CA
Team 691

FIRST Robotics Competition
Ventura Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Anjo Pagdanganan
Salinas, CA
Team 6506

FIRST Robotics Competition
Central Valley Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Mira Shah
Mountain View, CA
Team 971

FIRST Robotics Competition
Silicon Valley Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Haoxiang Sun
Santa Rosa, CA
Team 6814

FIRST Robotics Competition
Sacramento Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Nicole Yeh
El Segundo, CA
Team 4201

FIRST Robotics Competition
Orange County Regional

DEAN’S LIST FINALIST

Jenna Young
San Jose, CA
Team 2643

FIRST Robotics Competition
Central Valley Regional

FRC Volunteers of the Year in California

FRC Volunteers of the Year in California

2020 Volunteers of the Year in California

Volunteers are the backbone of FIRST. Without the commitment, talent and passion of the thousands of FIRST volunteers in California, our events would not be possible.

At FIRST Robotics Competition Regional events, the Volunteer of the Year award is presented to an individual, business, or organization that consistently excels in their efforts, with proven results in the areas of impact, leadership, personal commitment, community, and historical contributions. We are proud to recognize the following FIRST Robotics Competition volunteers for their outstanding efforts.

AWARD RECIPIENTS:

A FIRST alum, MIT graduate and team mentor, Ellen is a shining role model for young women. As our Judge Advisor at Aerospace Valley Regional she also stepped up as the Judge Advisor for another regional when needed. Additionally, she works with FLL and FTC and is FIRST through and through. She is simply the best!

Ellen McIssac

Aerospace Valley Regional

This incredible volunteer is a FIRST alum, team mentor, and has been our dedicated Volunteer Coordinator for many years. Garry’s creativity and friendly demeanor truly enhances the Volunteer experience making the Central Valley Regional an event full of fun!

Garry Gong

Central Valley Regional

To help commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Regional, the Volunteer of the Year Awarded goes to JPL who has been providing volunteer support to the Regional for 20 years!

Some people call JPL the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, but over the years we have learned that JPL really means Just Plain Loyal as they have been with the LA Regional for 20 years providing thousands of volunteer hours with field set-up, inspecting, refereeing, queueing, judging, volunteer coordinating, and having members on the FIRST Robotics Competition Los Angeles Regional Planning Committee.

JPL Employees (award accepted by Kim Lievense)

Los Angeles Regional

Michael began as a parent mentor, has volunteered for the Ventura Regional since the inception and now Chairs the Los Angeles North Regional.  He helps other teams with their robots (even fabricating parts for them at his precision fabrication company) and is always available to help with off-season, FLL and any FIRST event.  He loves what FIRST does for students and embodies the attributes of FIRST on a daily basis.

Michael Sessa

Los Angeles North Regional

This dedicated mentor expanded volunteering beyond his FRC team to impact the growing Monterey Bay FIRST community. Robin is an integral region planning member, started FIRST LEGO League teams, and launched the FRC Kickoff for local teams to connect and celebrate together.

Robin Coyne

Monterey Bay Regional

This volunteer has been an integral part of the Sacramento Regional Planning Committee for years. Richard’s dedication extends beyond being a team mentor by his efforts in generating attention and excitement for the event with local media and community leaders.

Richard McCann

Sacramento Regional

Jodi has been with the San Diego Regional Planning Committee for many years and has been an active business mentor on Team 3965 Sultans. Leading our Invited Guest Event for the last three years, we are so appreciative of her support and pleased to recognize her as our Volunteer of the Year.

Jodi Siccardi

San Diego Regional

Melissa is known as an outstanding national FIRST alumni, role model for young women, but also dedicated member of the FRC family in San Francisco. She helped launch the San Francisco Regional 4 years ago and remained dedicated ever since, even when she worked abroad in Europe.

Melissa Smith

San Francisco Regional

We are grateful this seasoned FRC mentor recently moved to California and joined our FRC family. Debbie has become an integral Silicon Valley region leader, running robot build workshops, exhibiting FRC at tech conferences, supporting sponsor engagement, and recruiting volunteers from all walks of life.

Debbie Barone

Silicon Valley Regional

Michael stepped in to mentor a highly visible, award winning team in the county, plans and stages many outreach and off-season events, organized a new venue for FLL tournaments when their plans fell through, and all the while plays a role in the pandemic crisis.   

Michael "Doc" Staitman

Ventura Regional

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