Congratulations to our Salesian Eagle One robotics team for being the Finalists in the Parkway Division at the FTCNJ State Championships. Our team partners with various alliance teams won all five qualifying matches in our division of 24 teams, scoring 306 points in the second match-the highest of the whole tournament–and were ranked #2 at the end of the qualification round. Only the best four teams as captains with each of their two chosen alliance teams move on to the semi-final rounds. As the second captain, Salesian Eagle One chose the following teams to be part of their alliance: RedBots from Parsippany High School and team Cosmic Goose from Glen Rock High School (both in New Jersey). Though each match is only 2 minutes and 30 seconds, Eagle One and their alliance teams competed with tenacity and distinction during the semi-final matches and won 2 out of 3 matches, which moved them on to the final round of the division. We competed against the 1st Alliance teams (Do not Blink, Enforces, and Tech-tonic) but lost to these three outstanding and experienced teams.
Nonetheless, we earned finalist medals having reached this far. As a rookie team, this is a beautiful accomplishment, particularly for each of our team members and Salesian High School as a whole. A special shout out to our team six members who are all Juniors: Aidan O’Discoll (captain, builder), Aaron Jiang (programmer), Nick Sanchez (driver), Eric Deda (builder, wiring specialist), Kenneth Paredez (programmer), and Ken Nze (the website developer).
A few days before the state championships, our two robotics teams, Eagle One, and Eagle Two won Judging Awards based on their submitted engineering portfolios at the FTCNJ League Tournament, which took place last Wednesday. Team Eagle One won second place for the Think Award, and Team Eagle Two won second place for the Innovation Award. Team Eagle Two finishes with the ranking of 10th in the League Tournament and consists of the following students who are freshmen, sophomores, and a junior: Michael Outlar (captain, programmer), Lorcan Coen (programmer), Richard Le (builder), Andrew Viera (driver), Andres Rubio (programmer, builder), Robert Dougherty (driver), and Matthew Ramirez (builder).
We are grateful for all those who made this possible, especially to our school’s administration, our team coach Fr. Paul Chu, SDB, and all other team mentors and helpers, many of whom are Salesian alumni: Fr. Lou Konopelski, SDB (Don Bosco Prep), Mr. David Lanza (’12), Mr. John Celzo (’10), Mr. Tom Paladino (’83), Mr. Mateusz Westa (Google Engineer), and our school’s maintenance staff Francisco and Louis. These mentors and helpers provided their time, talents, expertise, and resources that contributed to the success of our robotics program here at Salesian High School. Congratulations on a very successful robotics season spanning from September 2021 to March 6, 2022! We look forward to more successes in the future!