Ortonville, Michigan, March 29, 2016 – Truck Town Thunder out of Brandon and Holly High School traveled to MasonHigh School to compete in the FIRST Lansing District Competition this past weekend. Competitively, the team finished in 15th place after the qualification rounds with a record of 7 wins and 5 loses. They were then ousted in the Quarterfinals of the elimination rounds on Saturday afternoon. The team ended the event with some outstanding awards that sets the program apart. Recognized was Levi Bischer by receiving the FIRST Dean’s list award celebrating outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary. Levi will now go on to compete for this prestigious honor at the Michigan State Championships in April.
The team then went on to win the coveted Chairman’s Award. This award automatically qualifies Truck Town Thunder for the Michigan State Championships in April. The chairman’s award it the most prestigious award at FIRST , It honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST . The Chairman’s Award is presented to the team judged to have the most significant measurable impact of its partnerships among its participants and community over a sustained
period , not just a single build season. The winner is able to demonstrate progress towards FIRST’s mission to transform our culture.
Pictured is Levi Bischer with his parents, Paul and Lisa Bischer.
Robotics is where anyone can fit in and still enjoy the competitiveness of any sport. Sophomore Olivia Wright expressed how it affected her life: “Robotics is truly a different type of program. I’ve never been involved in something that I feel so appreciated for all of my work and it’s amazing to see a program that is connected like a family. I was honestly afraid to join the robotics team because I thought you had to be smart or good with electrical, but it is much more than that.” Truck Town Thunder offered members leadership roles that they wouldn’t have gotten fr om any other team. Teams across the country have looked up to Truck Town Thunder as an example team for many years. Students that have joined Truck have been inspired for life. Sophomore Marissa Stewart exclaimed, “joining Truck was the best decision of my life. This program has been the most inspirational time in my life. The people’s lives that robotics impacts is amazing, from their youth programs to reaching out to the communities all over the world.” Truck Town Thunder has always been more than just a robotics team. The students that have been involved in it put their heart into the program.
Learn more about the Truck Town Thunder Robotics program by watching their Chairman’s Video Submission