Alumni of Team 1912


Class of 2016

Ben Rowley now attends MIT and studies physics and computer science. He was 1912's Control's Captain his Junior and Senior years.

Kerry Dangerfield studies mechanical engineering at Louisiana Tech. He was 1912's Challenge Captain.

Maria Lew now attends Scripps College. She was 1912's Media Captain.

Class of 2015

Alex Lew is studying computer science at Yale University. He was 1912's president during his senior year and controls captain during his junior year.

Daniel Yue studies computer engineering at Georgia Tech. He was 1912's CAD captain.

Nick Eldred studies Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State University. He was 1912's challenge captain.

James Pharr studies at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He was 1912's chassis captain.

Tyler Huse has plans to enroll in a 4-year university. He was 1912's strategist.

Class of 2014

"FIRST has changed my life. I know it's cliché, but when I entered high school, I wanted to be an orthodontist. As soon as I joined Team Combustion, though, I realized engineering was the career that would be most fulfilling for me, and I am now pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering." - Nick Petras

Erin Varner is majoring in geology at Louisiana State University after graduating with high honor.

Madeleine Pouw is studying at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette after graduating with the highest honor. She was 1912's historian and, her senior year, our media captain.

Nicholas Petras is studying mechanical engineering at Mississippi State University after graduating with high honor. He was inducted into the Northshore Hall of Fame. On 1912, he served as our safety captain, CAD captain, and challenge captain. He was a member of the drive team for three years as human player, operator, and driver.

Scott Kent is attending the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he is majoring in aerospace engineering. He was a Valedictorian at Northshore High School. For 1912, he was chassis captain and operator his senior year. In 2013, Scott became our 5th Dean's List Finalist at the Bayou Regional.

Tristan Connault is majoring in naval architecture at the University of New Orleans.

Nick Hallal is studying physics at Tulane University.

Yuanxia Lee is studying biomedical engineering at Columbia University. She was a Valedictorian as well as our president for her senior year. She also served as the team's vice president and secretary.

Justin Remond is majoring in chemical engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Tyler Legrand is attending Louisiana State University to study petroleum engineering.


Class of 2013

"After spending eight years in FIRST robotics, I am convinced that robotics research is what I want to spend the rest of my life doing. I'll forever be a FIRST-er." - Rachel Holladay

Aretha Guo is studying biophysics at Yale University after graduating with the highest honor. On 1912 she she served as our treasurer and, her senior year, as our president. For four years she was one of our awards writers, Chairman's presenters and outreach leaders

Danny Gentile is studying Arts and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas after having graduated from Northshore High with high honor. Danny was a part of the animation team

David Saucier is attending Mississippi State University for electrical engineering

Devin Gaeta is majoring in film at the University of New Orleans after having been on our animation team for four years

Jeffrey Joyce is going to Rice University to study chemical engineering. He was a Valedictorian and served as Combustion's strategist for two years

Joshua Pender is studying mechanical engineering at Louisiana State University

Matthew Trenchard is attending the University of New Orleans to study film. As a senior, he served as the animation captain for 1912

Rachel Holladay is attending Carnegie Mellon University to study computer science with a minor in robotics. She graduated as a Valedictorian in addition to being the Science Student of the Year where her involvement in FIRST was directly cited. On the team she has served as our historian, webmistress, controls captain, Beta Test lead and an outreach leader in addition to being the drive team coach for two years. In 2012, Rachel became an international Dean's List Winner. She has been with the team since its founding in 2006

Raya Islam is majoring in mechanical engineering at Duke University. She was a Salutatorian and served as our vice president for two years. Her involvement with 1912 began in 2006

Samuel Holladay is studying electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated as a Valedictorian for Northshore High. On the team he served as secretary, SPHERES lead student, and chassis capatin in addition to being our competition driver for two years. He is one of our most prolific awards writers and has helped to lead many of our outreach initiatives. Having unofficially joined the team back in 2006, Sam is one of the last students to have been with the team since it was founded

Zachary Collins is majoring in mechanical engineering at Mississippi State University and graduated from Northshore High with highest honor. On 1912, Zach has served as CAD and challenge captain in addition to being on the drive team for three years as human player and operator. He also served as our only bumper captain


Class of 2012

"My experience with FIRST Robotics was the difference between 4 years of the same old thing and 4 years of non-stop fun and innovation. It literally helped to shape my future and has helped to make me who I am today. I am a FIRST student for life. I hope to take what I have learned on my team and mentor future FIRSTers wherever I go." - Hannah Sorrell

Jen Bateman is studying biomedical engineering at Mississippi State University. During her senior year on the team she was our historian.

Hannah Sorrell went to Baylor University for computer science. Hannah founded our animation team and was its captain for a number of years, served as the team president her senior year and was a 2011 Dean's List Finalist at the Bayou Regional.

Sabrina Lannes is majoring in Interdisciplinary Stuides at University of Southern Mississippi at Hattisburg. In 2012 she was the animation captain.


Class of 2011

"What hasn't FIRST done for me or taught me? *thinks for two hours* Nope, I can't think of anything. With FIRST, pretty much anything is possible...and I mean anything." - Jason Teng

"Robotics is my happy place" - Alyssa Lessing

Andy Zhou went to the California Institute of Technology to study Electrical Engineering. In his class he was the Senior Student of Math, a Valedictorian and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He served as a controls captain, challenge captain and vice president. Andy was a Dean's List Finalist at the Bayou Regional in 2010 and was a member of the drive team from 2008 - 2011.

Austin Nichols went to the University of Texas at Austin to major in Mechanical Engineering. He served on the drive team and CAD captain with our 2011 robot 'Valkyrie'

Alyssa Lessing studied Electrical Engineering at the Louisiana State University

Billy Davis went to the Mississippi State University for Computer Engineering. He was the controls captain his senior year

Chris Collins went to Mississippi State University to major in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Mathematics and Business Administration. He was a Valedictorian in his class. Chris was a Dean's List Finalist at the Bayou Regional in 2010, served as the team's president his senior year and was a challenge captain. He served on the drive team with our 2010 robot 'Stryker' and our 2011 robot 'Valkyrie'.

Christian Simmers majored in Computer Science at Mississippi State University

Jake Griffen is studying Architecture at Louisiana Tech University

James Li went to Louisiana State University to major in Biological Sciences. He was a Salutatorian in his class

Jason Teng majored in Pharmacy at University of Mississippi and was a Valedictorian at Northshore

Jay Hunt majored in Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana State University and was chassis captain in 2011

Thien Nien is studying Neuroscience at Tulane University


Class of 2010

I just ended my second year of college studying Mechanical Engineering, and I am not surprised that my experiences with FRC are still the motivating thoughts that get me through the long nights of studying. Engineering experience, communication skills, and long lasting friendships are just some of the things that I carried from my 4 years of robotics in high school. I cannot wait until I can be a part of the FIRST program as a mentor, volunteer, or sponsor. - Lauren Adams

Alex Navard went to Auburn University to major in Neuroscience

Annu Dixit majored in Biology at Louisiana State University

Becky Levy is studying Theater at Northwestern University

Ben Eisman is majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State University. He served a chassis captain on the drive team with our 2009 robot 'Blue Steel' and our 2010 robot 'Stryker'

Doug Lorance went to Louisiana State University to study Mechanical Engineering

Kyle Hoppens is studying Pre-Med at Mississippi State University. At Northshore he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He served as a chassis captain and on the drive team with our 2009 robot 'Blue Steel' and our 2010 robot 'Stryker'

Lauren Adams is studying Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana State University. As a Northshore student she was inducted in the Hall of Fame. She served the president her senior year and as vice president her junior year

Michael James majored in Education at Southeastern Louisiana University. He first coined the term 'Pit Boss', a term the team now uses for the team member(s) that manages the pit at competition

Patrick Hallal is studying Bioengineering at Rice University. He was a Valedictorian of his class and was the secretary/treasurer for the team


Class of 2009

"FIRST robotics has shown me a whole world of engineering that I would never have otherwise considered. I have gained a deep respect and appreciation for the field." - Kyle McGinty

Annie Holladay is studying Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Northshore she was the Senior Student of Science and Valedictorian while also a recipient of the Society of Women Engineers Award. She served the president and webmaster her senior year and was the last of the founding members to graduate. She served on the drive team and as the controls captain from 2007 through 2009.

Kyle McGinty went to Dartmouth College as a Classics Major and is looking to continue his studies at medical school. While a NHS student we was Valedictorian, Senior Student of English and Social Studies and inducted into the Hall of Fame

Nikki Schrock majored in Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M. She was a Valedictorian in her class and won the Society of Women Engineers Award

Andrew Yawn went to Auburn University to study Journalism. He served on the drive team with our 2008 robot 'Pyro' and our 2009 robot 'Blue Steel'.


Class of 2008

"After participating in FIRST, I have changed my career pursuit from a health field to an engineering field." -Michael Pickering

Jeremy Baumgartner went to Louisiana State University to study Mathematics. He served on the drive team with our 2007 robot 'Nutcracker' and was a challenge captain

Jonah Berman majored in Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana State University. He was a chassis captain and served on the drive team with our 2007 robot 'Nutcracker' and our 2008 robot 'Pyro'.

Jennifer Beyer studied Geology and Geophysics at Louisiana State University

Ryan Brady went to the Louisiana State Univeristy to study in English

Trigg Burrage majored in Business and Theater at the Southern Methodist University. He is the proud Artist and Founder of Trigg Magic Entertainment. Britt Edwards studied Chemical Engineering and Economics at Texas Tech University

Ryan Hoppens studied Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana State University. He served on the drive team with our 2007 robot 'Nutcracker' and was the vice president of the team.

Jeffrey Hsu majored in Electrical Engineering at Mississippi State University

Laamia Islam studied Bomedical Engineering at Duke University. As a Northshore Student she was inducted into the Hall of Fame, was the Senior Student of Science and was awarded the Society of Women Engineers Award. She served as the team's president her junior and senior year

Jessica Joyce studied Biomedical Engineering at Rice University and is now in graduate school at Georgia Tech. At Northshore she was inducted into the Hall of Fame, became the Senior Student of Math and was awarded the Society of Women Engineers Award

Michael Pickering majored in Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M. He served on the drive team with our 2007 robot 'Nutcracker'

Robert Simmers went to Mississippi State for Mechanical Engineering

Devon Vance studied Music Performance at Loyola University New Orleans


Class of 2007

Kristin Carbrey studied Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi and was a Valedictorian at Northshore High School

Shanna Schrock studied Chemical Engineering at the Texas A&M. While a NHS student she was the Senior Student of Math and a Valedictorian

Margaret Renolds majored in English at Tulane University and was the team's first historian

Tony Romain went into to Photography and Graphic Design at Southeastern Louisiana University. He served as the team's first webmaster.

Joey Tauzin studied Chemistry at Louisiana State University and is now getting a PhD in chemisty at Rice University

Becky Terry went to Birmingham-Southern College to major in Mathematics and minroed in Studio Art. She is now in Graduate School at Tufts University and Northeastern University


Class of 2006

"Robotics is one of the few things that relieves my guilt after pulling an all-nighter" -Ben Holladay

Katie Bibee studied Biology at Colorado College. While at Northshore she was a Valedictorian for her class and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. She served as the team's first president during her senior year

Ryan Branton graduated from Louisiana State University and now works at Disney in Orlando, Florida

Chloe Edwards majored in International Relations at Oglethorpe University for undergraduated. She is currently working on earning a Masters in Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. As a NHS student she was the Senior Student of Social Studies.

Christian Gentile studied Film at University of New Orleans

Ben Holladay studied Physics at Georgia Tech and is working towards his doctorate at the University of California at San Diego. While at Northshore he was the Senior Student in Science and Mathematics as well as one of the class Salutatorians. He served on the drive team with our 2006 robot 'Rex' and was our first Controls Captain

Mark Hoppens went into Biomedical Engineering at Louisiana State University. He served as the chassis captain and on the drive team with our 2006 robot 'Rex'.

Laura Kraus studied Economics at the University of St. Louis and was the 1912 secretary

Missy LaPlace majored Mass Communication at Louisiana State University

Drew Lyons studied Agricultural Economics at Louisiana State University

Alex MacCurdy went into Mechanical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He served on the drive team with our 2006 robot 'Rex' and was the vice-president of the team

Abby Sykes studied Nursing at Southeastern Louisiana University

Kaitlyn Pruett majored in Animal/Dairy/Poultry Sciences at Louisiana State University and was the team's first Treasurer.

Ryan Pyfrom studied at Louisiana State University

Robert Vennon went into Animal Science at Louisiana State University and is now in graduate school at the Louisiana State University for Veterinary Medicine. He served on the drive team and as the challenge captain with our 2006 robot 'Rex' and turned the phrase "all that is man", our most prestigious spoof award.

Matt Beach studied Business at Louisiana State University