Rahway High School Robotics Excels Again

RAHWAY – Rahway Robotics Team 1228 had an extremely successful experience at the US FIRST Mid-Atlantic Robotics Region Championship held at Stabler Arena at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania from April 11 to 13, reaching the quarter-finals and ranking 19th out of a hundred teams in the entire region covering New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Delaware.

In the quarter-finals, the team lost two tight matches, the first by two points and the second by 6 points.  Rahway’s robot averaged over 48 points per match in the event and was selected to be part of the second seeds team.  This competition closed an extremely successful season.

Previously, Team 1228 also made the quarter-finals at the district level competition held at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in Bridgewater, New Jersey on April 6 and 7. Here Rahway won the Imagery Award! The Imagery Award celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration from the machine to the team appearance.

FIRST’s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

In Grades 9 through 12, 50,960 high-school students compete in 2,548 teams to build robots in six weeks from a common kit of parts provided by FIRST.  These robots typically weigh up to 150 lbs.  Two words summarize the ethos of FIRST:  Gracious professionalism, treating one another with kindness and respect while competing fiercely, and “coopertition,” the notion that “that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.”  Being on a FIRST team increases the likelihood of becoming an engineer four times and over $16 million in scholarships are offered through FIRST.


Rahway High School Robotics Team 1228 shows the Imagery Award they won at the Bridgewater FIRST Robotics District Competition. From front left (floor), Richard Montigo, Ahkil Shaw, Billy Both (in costume), Sheyk Kordelski, Row 1, Peter Cvetojevic, John Marks, Robert Dinocento, Lauren Bodine, Adam Slack, Maria Alves, Rodney Tappen, Josue Michel, James Blake, Cassidy Starr, Mike Shimmel, Bob Dinocento, Row 2, Nafis Harris, Kim Secor, Nathanael Luna, Ryan Secor, Sean Kozick, Jerime Trigo, Catherine Corrigan, Kabeer Downey, Scott Secor, and Row 3 David Koplan, and Nick Cvetojevic. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)


Rahway High School’s Team 1228 robot performs during the Regional Championship of US FIRST in Bethlehem Pennsylvania.


Members of the Rahway High School Robotics Team 1228, Ryan Secor, Peter Cvetojevic, and Sean Kozick, operate the team’s robot during the Regional US FIRST Championship in Bethlehem, PA.

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