Robotics team from Jackson wins a place at worldwide finals

Apr 21, 2017

The FIRST robotics from Henry M. Jackson High School placed fourth in the regional competition against 64 entrants from Washington and Oregon to earn a spot in the world competition in Houston.

Team 2910 - Jack In The Bot team from Mill Creek were expected to match technologies with 400 teams from 22 countries at the international finals.

“We finished the competition with an impressive fourth-place ranking in a field of the best 64 robots in the PNW (Wash. and Ore.),” shared Maggie Thorleifson, Jackson High robotics advisor.

The team’s drive team was mentored by team alum Patrick Woolfenden from FLUKE (FLUKE), who competed for Jackson in 2010 season. Caleb Hayes was “lethal” on the field as the driver. Hayes “scored gear after gear and playing defense like a pro for any team that tried to stop us,” added Thorleifson.

The co-driver was Nadia DePaolis.. John Hagman, Braden Day, Zach Hubbard, and Jacob Bublitz fed the gears to the robot and lifted the gears into the airship and actuated the rotors on the airship.

Thorleifson was especially proud of the kudos the Bots received kudos from other teams for their sportsmanship between matches.

“When I visited the pits at the end of the competition the pit captain, Zach Holly, shared with me several pages of comments teams had shared with the judges about the nice things our team had been doing to help other teams,” said Thorleifson proudly.

“FIRST robotics is a sport of the mind that prepares us for the real world. We ‘compete’ like crazy on the field and ‘cooperate’ with graciousness in the pits! We call it Coopertition!”


FIRST Robotics was initially created to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

FIRST Robotics Competition is an organization fulfills the national STEM goals. It focuses on leadership by making core values of the following trademark ideas: Cooperation and Gracious Professionalism.

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