Anderson High School
8401 Mesa Drive
Austin, TX 78759
2012 Chairman’s Award Winners!
The ausTIN CANs were recognized with four prestigious awards from the 2013 Alamo Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in San Antonio.
On Friday evening, our Head Mentor David Yanoshak, received the Woodie Flowers Mentor of the Year award. This award recognizes mentors who lead, inspire, and empower using excellent communication skills – the nominee is chosen by the team members and they are the ones who submitted the application. Our students wrote an essay about how David has given them the best understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and satisfaction involved in the discipline of engineering and design.
Also on Friday, Jess Jankowitsch, our Lead Communications/Marketing Mentor, received the FRC Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award! This award is presented to one individual who consistently excels in her efforts with proven results in the areas of positive impact in our region supporting FIRST‘s mission, leadership, personal commitment, community involvement and length of service. We all know Jess embodies all of this and more!
On Saturday senior Nate McLauchlan was awarded the FIRST Dean’s List Award. This award goes to an individual team member who has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the ideals of FIRST, an interest in and passion for a long term commitment to FIRST and its ideals, overall individual contribution to his team, technical expertise and passion, entrepreneurship and creativity, ability to motivate and lead fellow team members, and effectiveness at increasing awareness of FIRST in his school and community.
And finally, our Team received the coveted Chairman’s Award. FIRST created this award to keep the central focus of FRC on their ultimate goal of transforming our culture in ways that will inspire greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology, as well as encourage more of today’s youth to become scientists, engineers, and technologists. The Chairman’s Award represents the spirit of FIRST. It honors the team that, in the judges’ estimation, best represents a model for other teams to emulate, and which embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST. It remains FIRST’s most prestigious award, and the Team worked very hard writing an executive summary and essay, presenting to judges, and producing a video which can be seen here.
As a result of all their hard work, our Team will be traveling to St. Louis April 25-
28 for the 2012 FIRST Championship at the Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis,