In their second District Event and the last official opportunity to compete for qualifying points for the Michigan State Regional Championships, the Gearheads fell short of earning through pure robot performance. They completed the qualifying rounds ranked only 31st of 39 teams. Don't let that low ranking completely fool you, the robot performed admirably and the drive team wrung every point they could from Twister, but alliance and tournament structure kept the team from collecting as many wins as their robot might have warranted.
At the conclusion of this highly competitive District event the Gearheads were stunned and honored to be awarded the most prestigious award from FIRST, the prized CHAIRMAN’S AWARD. This award honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. It is the first time the Gearheads have ever received this award. The Gearheads would like to thank their Alumni and Community for helping them achieve this success! The winning presentation was given by Ritika Pansare, and Ponette Rubio, and submitted by the Chairman’s team headed by Hannah O’Grady and comprised of Josh Rigotti, Claudia Dancy, Ben Sosnowski, DJ Mattes,Grace Cupolo, Garrett VanMarter, Evan Reickert, Ritika, Ponette, and with input and hard work from the whole team. We are all Gearheads!!!