MOE FSR Mid-season report

Here’s the mid-season report from Mr. MOE, John Larock, including a recap of game highlights from the Seneca District event :
WOW!  What a weekend!
For those of you who might have been hibernating this weekend, here is a summary of the Mid-Atlantic Robotics (MAR) Seneca District Competition:
MOE was 10-2 in qualification matches (some nail-bitingly close) and ranked #2, missing the #1 rank by a late qualifying 4-rotor match by team 3941, The Metal Moose, who took #1.
MOE was able to captain our own alliance, consisting of Team 5895, Peddie School Robotics and 3167, the Mechanical Misfits.
After getting off to a rocky start, the alliance got into it’s stride and by the semi-finals was on fire, beating an alliance led by Team 272 which put up two 400+ point, 4-rotor matches in the quarter-finals.
The finals included game-play that the MAR district has not yet seen, fuel (balls) being a critical part of the strategy for both alliances.  MOE lost a close first match and won the second close match.  Our alliance got behind on the third match, but won out as Team 219, alliance captain of the opposing alliance, could not get their climb.
So, MOE and our alliance win Seneca!
In addition, the team was recognized with the Innovation in Control award for our consistent autonomous program and target tracking.
Arynn Hernandez, our Safety Captain, was selected as Safety Star of the Day and MOE was a Safety Award finalist.
And on top of that, MOE 365 is ranked the #1 team in the MAR District, tied in points with team 103 – Cybersonics.  Info on MAR Rankings is here:
Want to relive some of the excitement this past weekend, here is the FIRST Mid-Atlantic Event YouTube Channel: (make sure you go to 2017 events)
Next up for the team:  
  • Mid-Atlantic Robotics Championship (Lehigh – April 6-8)
  • FIRST World Championship – Houston (April 19-23)
  • Fans, friends, and family can follow them on facebook

Catching up with alumni…Rachel

rachel-at-conrad-fll-2016Rachel Hannaford, MOE FRC alumni and past team webmaster, cheery as ever, volunteered at the Conrad School of Sciences FLL competition in Wilmington last Saturday where her dad Peter Hannaford, along with Beth Blohm,  coordinate and host the popular annual event.  While Rachel served as referee and behind the scenes organizer—both jobs were easy fits since she is currently working as an AmeriCorp VISTA member with the regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics program in Gainesville, Florida.

2016 Scholarship awarded

The 2016 winner of the John A. Larock, Sr. Memorial Scholarship is James Garcia.  MOE FRC (FIRST ROBOTICS Challenge) team leader, John Larock said, “His demonstration of hard work and Gracious Professionalism was outstanding, so much so that he became the go-to student on the programming team and was an important member in our mentor-selected pit crew.”

James will be a senior this fall at The Charter School of Wilmington.  This is his first year on the MOE FRC team. James received an award certificate and $100 toward his team travel expenses next year. Congratulations, James!
Established in 2015 in honor of the late John Larock, Sr., the scholarship is awarded to a MOE student who best exemplifies characteristics of Mr. Larock, Sr.- a strong work ethic and gracious professionalism.