FullMetal Falcons Robotics – FIRST Team 4557


FIRST Robotics team #4557, the FullMetal Falcons from Xavier High School, participated in the Waterbury District Competition on March 3-5, 2017.  The team finished qualifying rounds with a 13th place rank and were eliminated in the Quarter-finals, but only after forcing a decisive third match.   Following the qualifying rounds, the FullMetal Falcons joined with teams from two other schools to form a three team alliance for the playoffs.

The theme of this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition is SteamPunk, a sci-fi genre inspired by 19th century steam powered machinery and Victorian-era fashions.  SteamPunk was incorporated into the competition with objects such as “steam” boilers and “gear-driven” flying machines.  The FullMetal Falcons’ twenty-first century computer driven robot was equipped with a ball shooting mechanism, pneumatic claw system and rope climber.

Competing at the event were: Adam Guzauckus ’18 (Berlin)- Captain, Human Player, Mark Lavrentyev ’18 (Cromwell)- Lead Programer, Operator,  Braden Truscenski ’18 (Hebron) -Driver, Tim Rinaldi ’20 (Durham) -Pilot, Chris Wintenburg ’18 (Middletown) -Head of Build, Frank Dworak ’18 (Cromwell) -Head of Scouting, Gabe McCarthy ’18 (Guilford) -Head of Safety, Nick Ericson ’18 (Madison) -Head of Finance, Marty Wall ’19 (Clinton) -Head of Awards and Outreach; Bringer of STEAM, Eamon Szilagyi ’20 (Meriden) -Doodle Squad, Chris Sacchi ’18 (Killingworth) -Build, Justin Tan ’18 (Ellington) -Business, Jacob Lee ’18 (Salem) -Outreach, Seth Adam-Gilman ’18 (East Hampton) -Scouting, Chris Gould ’18 (Middletown) -Build, Nick Roncone ’19 (Colchester) -Scouting, Brandon Hawke ’19 (Guilford) -Business, Nick Dighello ’20 (New Briton) -Safety, Luke Basset ’20 (Westbrook) -Programming, Joseph Ewing ’20 (Killingworth), Ethan Kerr ’20 (East Hadam) -Build, Vincent Miano ’20 (Portland) -Build,  Osiah Wiggins ’20 (Middletown) -Build, and Alex Math ’20 (Wallingford) -Build.  Andrew Martin ’18 (Berlin)– Programming, EJ Hohmann ’18 (Wallingford) – CAD.  Thanks also to our recent graduates – Van Augur ’16 (Northford) –Drive Coach/Mentor, and Sam Guerra – Communications/Mentor.

The FullMetal Falcons was awarded the Engineering Inspiration Award for the second year in a row.  This award celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community .

The team next heads to the Hartford District Competition on March 31 – April 2, 2017.

About FullMetal Falcons – Team 4557

Founded in 2012, the team was developed by students and continues through a partnership between students, parents, volunteer mentors and school administration.  Approximately 30 students participate and develop the engineering, business organization and creative skills necessary to keep the team running.  The students are inspired by STEM principles and driven by a desire to apply their academic knowledge to real-world experiences.  Follow the team on www.fullmetalfalcons.org or @FRC4557.

About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $25 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12;FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org.


About Xavier High School

Xavier High School currently serves approximately 870 young men from over 60 cities and towns in Connecticut.

Vision Statement:  A Catholic community fostering excellence in scholarship, leadership and service

Mission Statement:  As a Catholic college preparatory school sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers and the Diocese of Norwich, Xavier High School fosters the spiritual, academic, and physical growth of its students and challenges them to use their God-given talents in service to others so that each Xavier graduate is fully prepared to respond to the Christian call of our school motto, “Be A Man.”

For more information about Xavier High School, please visit www.xavierhighschool.org.