"As a senior who had the opportunity to compete with Team 4909 at the FRC World Championship 2019 in Detroit, I’m thankful for the endless opportunities this team has given me.
While we’ve always been a tight knit team, this championship was different. We grew closer, shattered our goals immensely, built the best robot we’ve ever built and competed like we’ve never done before.
Not only did we make it to the world stage, we had an amazing run throughout the qualification matches, and went into not one, but two, tiebreaker matches in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. I vividly remember sitting in the field-side seating with our mentor Blake during the playoffs, and both of us were intently watching our unbelievably close matches, until we lost the second tiebreaker by a mere few points.
Maybe the books may have said we lost, but I can say with confidence that was not what I saw on that field. Our drive team took it in stride— while their first move was to pack up, their next move was to discuss with other teams on implementing more robust and complex mechanisms for next season to mitigate the shortfalls we faced this year, ranging from swerve drives to CVTs (continuous variable transmissions). The championship may have ended as a loss, but it’s lit an undeniable fire in the underclassmen.
Coupled with the new resources that Mr. Flood has negotiated for us, including CNC Mills and more 3D Printers, I’m eager to see what Team 4909 does in the future.
From the moment that I was an eighth grader witnessing the team demo their robots during freshman orientation to being on the field at worlds, the team has continued on on its upward trend. It’s for this reason, I’m planning to come back to mentor on Team 4909 to pay it forward."