Wesley Austin
Senior/ Media Team

 Friends have been a part of Team 135, but I have never been directly involved with FIRST. I like that it has a little bit of something, and the programs can be very over-encompassing of anything robotics related that I could be interested in. It also gives me opportunities to get outside of my comfort zone and learn new things I love and am good at. Being a part of the community in a unique way is really cool, and I'm happy for the opportunities FIRST has given to me. I am interested in computers and IT work, and I do the Computer Internship for Penn High School. I also really love listening to music, and am starting to go to concerts more and more often when they are available. I also plan to be involved in the Film Club and Penn, where we will make a short film by the end of the year.
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Abby Brown
Senior/ Build Team

  This is my first experience with FIRST. I like how I can be involved in something that matters. I want to pursue a career in electrical engineering. 
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Charlotte Chang
Senior/ Media

 I've done FTC for one year and FRC for one year. The FIRST community embodies competitive spirit and skill in a positive environment.  Throughout students' experiences, valuable skills are acquired that can be utilized in their futures. Outside of robotics, I am a part of Key club, math academic Super Bowl, and I also volunteer at the hospital. I enjoy math and science and hope to pursue a career in some form of engineering. 
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Nathan Doshi
Senior/ Build Team

I've done 5 Years of FLL, 2 Years of FTC, and this is my second year of FRC. I like FIRST because I like the opportunities it provides and I enjoy working on the robots. I am interested in Civil Air Patrol, the civilian auxiliary to the United States Air Force.
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Josefine Eskildsen
Senior/ Build Team

I've done one year of FLL, two years of FTC, and one year of FRC. I like FIRST because of meeting new people and getting to experience a lot of new things. Also driving is super fun. Competitions are super fun! I'm in band. I'm also interested in traveling and eating and watching action/horror movies.
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Mads Eskildsen
Senior/ Design Team

I've done FLL for 3 years, FTC for 2 years, and FRC for 1 year. I like FIRST because its fun and challenging. I'm involved in marching band.
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Julia Fisher
Senior/ Scouting

I was in FTC my freshman and sophomore year, and FRC my junior year. I like that FIRST creates an atmosphere of learning where anyone wants to learn, can. It's also really cool to see people with similar interests come together and do something they love as a team. I enjoy singing, playing piano, reading, and riding horses outside of robotics.
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Mason Haas
Senior/ Build Team

I've done three years FLL, two years of FTC, and one year of FRC. I like FIRST because I like the challenging but friendly atmosphere that FIRST creates. I'm involved in marching band, Boy Scouts, soccer.
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Grant Harrington
Senior/ Build Team

 I started FLL in fourth grade, did FTC for two years, and have done FRC for one year. I like FIRST because it encourages people to do good things for other people as well as building our engineering skills. I'm interested eating, Pokemon Trading Card Game Online, hanging out with my friends, running cross country, and eating.
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Max Heuermann
Senior/ Build Team

 I've done FLL and FTC. I like FIRST because of the different opportunities that FIRST offers to students. Outside of robotics I am interested in lacrosse and running the tech team at my student ministry.
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McKenna Hillsdon-Smith
Senior/ ME Team

I've done one year FLL, two years FTC, and one year of FRC. I like FIRST because of how the programs mixes building and business to make it feel like more like a "real life" scenario. I'm interested in orchestra (cello), horseback riding, and chemistry.
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Leah Ingle
Senior/ Scouting

I've done four years with FLL, two years with FTC, and one year with FRC. I like FIRST because of how there are so many different aspects of FIRST robotics that I can be a part of. I play the cello, piano, read lots, and participate actively in the Civil Air Patrol.
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Joey Irvin
Senior/ Build Team

I was in FLL in 4th and 5th grade, participated in FTC in 9th and 10th grade, and did FRC in 11th grade. The things that I like about FIRST is what they stand for, FIRST is all about helping everyone out and spreading FIRST throughout the community. Also I love engineering and robotics. Some of the things that I am interested in outside of robotics are building generally anything, gaming on my PC that I built, and I enjoy to go paint balling a lot.
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Daniel Kline
Senior/ Software Team

I have done FLL in 7th grade and I like the development of the robot. I am also in Bowling Club and TSA (Technology Student Association).
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Noah Lower
Senior/ Build Team

I've done two years of FTC and one year of FRC. I like FIRST because they have created motive innovation and just overall cool things to make. I'm interested in music.
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Daniel Nilov
Senior/ Business Team

 I've done one year of FTC and FRC. In my opinion, one of the greatest things about FIRST is the student culture surrounding it. The community as a whole is very welcoming to new members and very supportive of other teams in the spirit of friendly competition. The FIRST community exemplifies what cooperation and a positive mentality can accomplish in STEM. Outside of Robotics I enjoy playing guitar and co-running a small online business with my friends. I am also in several extracurricular at Penn High School and am president of a club, The Technology Student Association, on to local and state level. I would like to go into civil engineering.
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Prestin Parker
Senior/ Build Team

I got snippets of FRC last year, but I haven't had any other experience with it. I like the new opportunities for people interested in robotics and engineering. I enjoy home repair, electrical, build, and cool things like go karts and RC cars.
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Amy Portolese
Senior/ Build Team

I like FIRST because of going to competitions... and winning. I've been taking dance lessons for 13 years now (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Modern) If I'm not at dance I'm playing video games.
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Justin Ralston
Senior/ Build Team

I've done three years of FLL, two years of FTC, and one year of FRC. I like FIRST because it inspires cooperation and teamwork, even between competing teams. I like to play the violin in orchestra.
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Nick Wittendorf
Senior/ Build Team

I did FLL for 4 years and FTC for 2 years. I have been to 2 international competitions in California and Arizona for FLL. I love how much it brings people together to enjoy the STEM program! I am interested in soccer, card games, and playing with animals outside of robotics.
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Sufiyan Ahmed
Junior/ Business Team

 I was a part of FLL for one year at Schmucker Middle School. In addition, I joined FTC last year as a sophomore. I enjoy the business and communication side of the FIRST program. As a student, it allowed me to talk to my peers and mentors more effectively. I enjoy dealing with the finance like the budget. Outside of robotics I am interested in debating. I am a part of Model United Nations. My future goals is to be a cardiologist and study at Princeton University in New Jersey.
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Dylan Cloonan
Junior/ Awards Team

 I was on FTC for 2 years and liked the challenges it provided and the fun in creating solutions. I am also a part of the soccer team.
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Ian Coates
Junior/ Media Team

I've done one year of FTC at Penn during my sophomore year. I like having the opportunity to design and create in a way that matters and helps the team. I also enjoy the people, and being able to reach out into our community. I am interested in drawing and design outside of robotics, along with photography.
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Nathan Frischknecht
Junior/ Media Team

I have done 1 year of FTC. From FIRST I get to learn, practice, and improve new skills. Outside of robotics I enjoy drawing, soccer, violin, reading.
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Dominic Ganser
Junior/ Awards Team

I have done 2 years of FTC and I like the opportunity to present and work as a team. I'm interested in business and engineering and want to go to Purdue University.
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Tyler Graf
Junior/ Build Team

I have been in FTC for the past 2 years. I like how it is hands on rather than worksheets. I am interested in working on cars.
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Braden Huffman
Junior/ Build Team

I have been in both FLL and FTC for a total of 5 years I really enjoy both the robot aspect and the presentation. Outside of robotics, I enjoy working with computers.
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Aaron Jackson
Junior/ Business Team

 I have done 1 year of FLL and 2 years of FTC. I enjoy the opportunity FIRST gives to create a robot and put it against other teams at a competition. Outside of robotics, I am interest in accounting and other areas in business. 
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Robert Kelsey
Junior/ Build Team

 I haven't had previous experience with FIRST, but I have experience with manufacturing. I enjoy getting to design and outside of robotics, I like to spend time with friends.
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Joey Kline
Junior/ Build Team

I have done 3 years of FLL, 2 Years of FTC. I like how we can design and build robots and how the competition itself is not limited to the robot. Besides robotics, I also play the viola.
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Michelle Kwok
Junior/ Build Team

I did FTC my sophomore year. I was on team 4600 Binary Bots and I liked how FIRST offers students an opportunity to learn useful skills like machining and business. At Penn, I’m involved in ASB, Model UN, Key Club, and various other activities. In my spare time, I like playing basketball and spending time with friends.
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Garrett Langfeldt
Junior/ Build Team

 I have been involved with the team for 15 years and know what works the best in situations and what doesn't. I like the mechanical aspects of robotics and being hands on and not having to sit in a class all day, and I also like working on the farm.
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Conner Messimer
Junior/ Design Team

I have done two years of FTC. I like that I can learn so many things that can better my knowledge in the entire STEM field and can give me opportunities to put my foot in the door of many colleges and jobs. Outside of robotics I enjoy history, theater, video games, football, and hanging with friends.
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Ehren Mroczek
Junior/ Build Team

I have done 3 years of FLL food factor - natures fury entering my fourth year of ftc first rescue- present. I like the way that FIRST is able to evolve students from a young age and challenge them more as they grow up and also the atmosphere that FIRST promotes. Outside of robotics, I enjoy choir, biking and computers (I do a lot of robotics).
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Vivek Patel
Junior/ Business Team

I have done 1 year of FLL Jr. and 1 year of FTC. I enjoy the opportunities it gives students to gain knowledge on different topics varying from technical to social aspects I run track and am trying diving at Penn. I am also in 9 different clubs which help me get more involved with my school and also my community. Outside of school, I enjoy playing various sports, but mainly basketball and football.
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Alex Pippin
Junior/ Design

Last year I was the lead coder, assistant builder, and lead presentation designer on the Penn 4601 Beta Bots FTC team. I like what FIRST stands for and how it put a emphasis on not only building robots to complete a specific challenge but also puts an emphasis on reaching out to the community. I currently am on the Penn Varsity Boys Soccer team and I am in the Chamber Orchestra at Penn.
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Alyssa Richards
Junior/ Awards Team

This is my first year on a FIRST Robotics team. My favorite aspect of FIRST is its competitive nature and the community surrounding it. Outside of robotics, I play the piano and am on the Penn High School Swimming team.
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David Simonetti
Junior/ Software Team

I helped out with the Penn Robotics summer camp. I like the opportunities FIRST provides for community outreach and the ability to use STEM skills in real life environments. Outside of robotics I enjoy cooking, reading, and biking.
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Keaton Smith
Junior/ Software Team

 I participated in FLL for one year and FTC for two years. I like the opportunities that FIRST allows students, such as the opportunities to learn how to use machinery and program things. Outside of robotics I am in TEAMS, and I play video games and rpgs with friends.
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Josh Temeles
Junior/ Build Team

I haven't had any previous experience with FIRST, but I like how quickly the program forces you to emerge yourself in the robotics team and engineering field. I also run cross country and track.
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Will Wheet
Junior/ Build Team

I have done 4 years of FLL and 2 years of FTC. I like the opportunity that FIRST gives to learn and practice real-world engineering principles by building robots and competing against other teams. Outside of robotics, I enjoy orchestra, aerospace engineering, drawing, and camping.
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Josiah Parker
Mentor

 I'm a STEM Academy Leader and Teacher at Penn High School. I started a FIRST team at Homestead High School (4982) and have coached for four years. I like FIRST because of the community outreach. I have endless memories of FIRST but one of my favorite is my first experience at the World Competition. It was so much bigger than what I had anticipated.
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Bob Stevenson
Mentor

 University of Notre Dame professor in Department of Electrical Engineering. I've done 11 years involvement with FIRST - FRC Mentor, FTC Mentor, FLL Coach, and FLL Tournament Director. I enjoy experimental learning. My favorite memory of FIRST was Team 135 wining both the Chairman’s award and the robot game at the 2015 Kokomo District Event.
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Bill Whiteman
Mentor

I work at JPD Controls Inc., Pres., Electronic Controls Contract Manufacture. I have been a Mentor on Team 135 from 1999 to present. I enjoy FIRST because of the process of working on a solution to meet the challenge of the "Game". It's a chance to pass along skills you have to the next generation(s) and see all of the creative and innovative ways other teams solved the problem. It's a positive & continual learning experience for students and mentors. My favorite memory was something that Woody Flowers promotes....Gracious Professionalism! Our Alliance was in the final rounds of a regional competition and our machine broke down. We used our last timeout but that was not enough time to make repairs on the field. Our opposing alliance then used their last timeout and even helped with replacement parts to get all six machines on the field for the decisive round. As it turned out our alliance won the regional. You just don't see that in other sports!
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Tom Evans
Mentor

I'm a general contractor. I have had the pleasure of working with Team 135 starting with my son's team in 2006. I assist the team building the practice field and like to be involved with the manipulator or where ever I can lend a hand. There is nothing more rewarding than working with students on team projects. The FIRST project is both educational and entertaining for the students as well as myself. I also enjoy working with the other mentors. There are many great memories from working with the team but my favorite has to come from the 2006 team. That was my first year and my son was on the team. Our first event was in Ohio. The team was struggling at that event but never showed disappointment. All of the students stuck together to come up with a plan to improve for the next competition. The camera along with some programming changes took place, totally changing the dynamics of the robot. At the next event, Purdue, Team 135 was winning every match. The excitement continued growing, with every win. We all wondered how long our streak could continue. 135 ended up going undefeated in the preliminaries. In the years to follow many of the teams have competed at very high levels. The 2006 team was my first exposure to FIRST and hooked me for years to come.
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Grant Carlile
Mentor

 Grant Carlile is the Director at Run for Phil and The Mountains. He has been connected to FIRST Robotics and team 135 for over 15 years: FRC Student 1 year, Penn Robotics Summer Camp co-founder, FRC mentor 10 years, FTC mentor 4 years, FLL judge 5 years, FRC judge 9 years, INFIRST Community Coordinator, FRC Tournament Director, and FTC Tournament Director. Grant enjoys FIRST Robotics because of the camaraderie that comes with learning together while solving problems. His favorite memory was meeting a team from Israel during his senior year on the team. He was at worlds, one of the pit representatives for team 135, and the Israeli team came over to learn about how Penn Robotics operates. That moment is followed closely by the moment he stood next to Mr. Langfeldt as Penn Robotics team 135 won our first tournament ever; the excitement he felt that day paired with the deep joy he felt from when the team was recognized with our first chairman's award.
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Allison Adams
Mentor

 I'm a Mom/Photographer/FLL tournament director. I was an FLL co-coach two years. I have been an FLL judge. I have been FLL tournament co-director for last five years going on six. I helped mentor FRC last year a little. I enjoy seeing students master topics I never had an inkling of when I was a student! My first memory of FIRST was finding out Lego League was not actually just building large structures out if legos at a team call out.
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Holly Austin
Mentor

I'm a science teacher at Penn High School. This will be my 10th season mentoring a FRC team. I started with team 45 in Kokomo for 3 years, then 2197 for 4 years, and now 135 for the 3rd year. I most enjoy seeing students gain skills, conquer fears, and reach goals they never thought possible. Favorite funny memory: The time a 45 mentor tapped a student on the opposite shoulder from where he was standing and the student about had a heart attack thinking it was the toolbox that had touched him. Favorite team memory was the time in LogoMotion when I challenged the drive team to double their scoring ability in exchange for ice cream. I didn't actually think they could do it, but I wound up buying ice cream for all 6 of them!
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Tom Leathers
Mentor

 I'm a Program Manager, Honeywell Aerospace. I've been a FRC mentor for 11 years. I enjoy FIRST because of the design challenge. I enjoyed working with my sons (3) during their seasons.
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David Adam
Mentor

I'm a Project Engineer. This is my second year with Team 135. I do consider myself a newbie just not a rookie. I enjoy FIRST by helping Team 135 in anyway I can is very satisfying. I have to tell you that running down to the competition viewing area at St Louis is awe inspiring. Watching our team 135 compete is exciting. But knowing all the little details necessary to make this team run is the best.
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Robert Doshi
Mentor

 I own a strategic business alignment company. I was a coach/assistant coach/mentor for my son’s journey through the FIRST levels: FLL team five years, FTC two years, and FRC this year. I enjoy FIRST because the team building, problem solving, and leadership skills I see develop in every member of the team as the years progress. Every year, I see new abilities in my son which only have come from his involvement in FIRST. This year has been watching him work on the machines.
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Andy Edelbrock
Mentor

I'm a Ascensia Diabetes Care R and D Staff Engineer. I've mentored FLL – six years, FTC - one year, and FRC - six years. I enjoy working with the students helping to flush out your ideas. FLL – I was judging an FLL competition for design and one of the elementary teams indicated they had a rear differential but no one was able to describe what it was, what it did or how they built it. The look of horror on the coach’s face was worth it. Needless to say the team did not fair well on the design scoring. FRC – It was the 2014 year my son AJ’s second year with Team 135 FRC. They had built a catapult for the ball and it packed quite a punch. We went to a scrimmage and one team wanted to see if they could block our shot and wanted us to fire into their robot. It hit hard and almost knocked their robot over. It shook it up pretty good and they never asked to try again nor did they try to block us during competition.
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Lisa Whiteman
Mentor

I'm the Vice President/Human Resources at JPD Controls, Inc. I've been involved with Team 135 since 1998. We moved into the Penn district then (for the sake of our son Andrew, who was 3 at the time) and my husband, Bill, found about about Penn Robotics. He went to a meeting to check it out and see what it was all about, he got really excited, got me me interested, and the rest is history! I was the Vice President and then President of the PRPO during our son's time on the team. I've also helped with several other tasks over the years. I enjoy watching the students evolve and grow so much over time and seeing them use their FIRST experience in college and beyond to go far into some really awesome careers! That is so rewarding, gives me so much pride to be in this program! There are just soooooo many memories!!! To be honest, though, as a mom, it was watching my son help create the bots and seeing him as a driver both of his years on the team.
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Ernie McDonald
Mentor

I'm an Engineering Director / Plant Startup Program Manager. I've been a FLL coach. I enjoy FIRST because of the technical sportsmanship, teamwork and cooperation. The first competition that I attended was more exciting that I ever expected. I’m impressed with the level of competition and the technical expertise of the team members.
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Lisa McDonald
Mentor

I'm a Business Owner. I've sponsored and coached a FLL team. I enjoy FIRST because of the excitement of watching kids grow! My favorite memory was watching my oldest son come become more confident and mature.
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Kim Kelsey
Mentor

 I'm taking time off from a career in non-profit development coaching to mentor Team 135 and return to school. I did one year as a FIRST volunteer. I enjoy FIRST because of the positive focus on professionalism and they student first mentality. My favorite memory is seeing my first competition at Penn High School and watching my daughter find her passion in engineering.
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