We are fortunate in Tarrant County to have some of the top high school athletic teams in the country — including nationally ranked teams in football, soccer, baseball, cross country, and swimming. Our athletes strive for excellence and learn many lessons along the way about preparation, discipline, and teamwork. The same can be said about the outstanding cheerleading and drill teams that our schools field every year.
But athletics are only one aspect of secondary school. Academics are the foundation of the educational system and our area high schools give focus to sustained achievement in course curriculum. We are fortunate to have committed teachers who set the path for our students for college and beyond. One of the most admirable examples of accomplishment in this regard occurred in January courtesy of the Carroll Dragon Robotics team, which worked hard for weeks to enter two robots in the FTC Regional Qualifiers tournament in Mansfield. There were 20 robots in total entered in the competition and, in true carpe diem fashion, the Carroll robots finished first and second for an all-Carroll final.
In addition, Carroll won the Connect Award, which recognizes closest links to the local and engineering communities, and the Inspire Award, given to the group most responsive to the challenge of the FTC program. Congratulations to the Robotics team members — for Team 6578 (Cyber Dragons), Deepak Chandra, Abbas Ally, Danielle Brown, Matthew Kendzior, Stephen Ma, Jeffrey Smythe, Reid Long, Noah Golly, Nikhil Ravi, and Clara Merkin. For Team 3947 (Fired Up!), Zech Hein, George Farcasiu, Jon Brosnan, Vijay Ramesh, Jake Rowland, Matt Prost, Zachary Froehlich, Vinay Soni, and Reed Emery.
Yes, there is a dedicated teacher behind this success — Linda Woessner, who has given of her time and talent to advise both of the teams. Congratulations to her also for exemplifying the best of those who guide our kids.
We’re happy to be able to support Carroll Robotics in their efforts. The Regional Championship round is next and we wish Cyber Dragons and Fired Up! the best as they continue to compete.