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Honoring the Greater Rochester FIRST Robotics Competition Team 340 upon the occasion of capturing the Chairman's Award

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring the Greater Rochester FIRST Robotics
Competition Team 340 upon the occasion of capturing the Chairman's Award
at the Finger Lakes Regional Competition

WHEREAS, New York State's commitment to education is unparalleled; its
history and stature are secured by the superlative caliber of its educa-
tional professionals and the students they inspire; and
WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to commend and pay
tribute to those young people who have inspired and brought pride to
their school and community by achieving outstanding success in competi-
tion; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor the
Greater Rochester FIRST Robotics Competition Team 340 upon the occasion
of capturing the Chairman's Award at the Finger Lakes Regional Competi-
tion; and
WHEREAS, The Regional Chairman's Award honors the team that best
represents a model for other teams to emulate and which embodies the
goals and purpose of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science
and Technology); and
WHEREAS, The Greater Rochester FIRST Robotics Competition Team 340 was
founded in 1999; the goal of FIRST is to encourage students of all ages
to become interested in and to pursue careers in the fields of Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); and
WHEREAS, Created to keep the central focus of the FIRST Robotics
Competition on the ultimate goal of transforming our culture into one
where youth aspire to careers in science and technology, the Chairman's
Award is the most prestigious award presented by FIRST; and
WHEREAS, The Greater Rochester FIRST Robotics Competition Team 340
gives back to its community through volunteering and community service;
this past year, the team completed 4,543 hours of community service; and
WHEREAS, Through demonstrations and volunteering, 21 of Greater
Rochester FIRST Robotics Competition Team 340 members received the Pres-
idential Volunteer Service Award this year, including 11 Bronze (100-174
hours), four Silver (175-249 hours) and six Gold (over 250 hours); in
the past three years, the Team has completed 10,236 hours of community
service; and
WHEREAS, Recently, the Greater Rochester FIRST Robotics Competition
Team 340 was one of 10 National Honorees for the National Make a Differ-
ence Day Award sponsored by the USA WEEKEND MAGAZINE, Points of Light
Foundation and Newman's Own; Make a Difference Day is the nation's larg-
est day of giving back; and
WHEREAS, The Greater Rochester FIRST Robotics Competition Team 340
held a "FIRST Mega Drive" which included a food drive for Foodlink, a
children's book drive for National Reach Out and Read, a blood drive for
the American Red Cross, and an electronics recycling drive to help keep
electronics out of the landfills; these particular drives were held
simultaneously and were held in conjunction with an off-season robotics
competition hosted by another FIRST Team in the Rochester area; and
WHEREAS, For being one of the 10 National honorees, the Greater
Rochester FIRST Robotics Competition Team 340 was awarded a scholarship
to be donated to a charity of its choice; the scholarship was then given
to Rochester Community Robotics, a not-for-profit organization, to help
develop new FIRST teams in the Rochester area; and
WHEREAS, One of the Greater Rochester FIRST Robotics Competition Team
340's major goals is to help all schools in New York State to have the
opportunity to start FIRST teams in their schools; and

WHEREAS, Sponsored by Bausch and Lomb and GE volunteers as well as
other local businesses, the Greater Rochester FIRST Robotics Competition
Team 340 has won the Chairman's Award seven out of the last nine years
at the Finger Lakes Regional Competition, which is held at the Rochester
Institute of Technology every year; and
WHEREAS, The distinguished members of the Greater Rochester FIRST
Robotics Competition Team 340, include: Carlo Atene, Adam Audycki,
Laura Brunelle, Daniel Felix, Joel Ferrigno, Pat Godard, Michelle Insa-
laco, Daniel Keister, Tyler Lane, Christa Lawniczak, Courtney Kuhn,
Benjamin Meyers, Roger Miller, Melissa Nellist, Taylor Nobles, Rachel
Burnell, Darbi Conradt, Allison Maus, Emily Moses, James Buduson, Micha-
el Burns, Joe Hunt, Anthony Jaramillo, Sean Majchrzak, Tyler Pawlaczyk,
Taylor Pietruszeuski, Justin Sangiorgi, Shannon Sweeney, Matt Stafford,
Tyler Banker, Nick Schell, Mike Cheesbro, Zach Cooper, Anna Doyle, Katy
Flynn, Abby Wasmer, Brett Harling, Mike Bailey, Austin Husted, Caitlin
Cumming, Connor O'Neill, Dayle Steiner, Ashley Jaramillo, Jeremy Yunker,
and Jordan Melita; Team Leader Jason Rees; Assistant Team Leaders Rob
Heslin and Ellen Swift; and Team Mentors Bruce Becker, William Brunelle,
Philip Cripps, Rex Hays, Cheryl Lawniczak, Gary Lawniczak, John Lawnic-
zak, Kristen McConnell, Justin Montois, Chuck Moon, Barry Nobles, Colin
Nobles, Lisa Nobles, and Mike Starke; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to acknowledge
outstanding students who distinguish themselves through their excep-
tional performance and stand as a sterling example and inspiration to
all who would aspire to success; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor the Greater Rochester FIRST Robotics Competition Team 340 upon the
occasion of capturing the Chairman's Award at the Finger Lakes Regional
Competition; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Greater Rochester FIRST Robotics Competition Team 340.

actions

  • 07 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 10 / Jun / 2013
    • ADOPTED

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