Team History


2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014
2006 Team with Rex

2006 (Aim High)

During the 2006 season, our first year of participation, we experienced all the obstacles of a rookie team from a short planning period in the off season immediately after Hurricane Katrina to a lack of financial support and time management. However, our team was able to overcome all of these challenges and build a working product. Despite our insufficient knowledge of the competition, we attended the Lone Star Regional in Houston, Texas, and our team came together amidst adversity and presented a successful robot. Although it did not perform very well in competition, our fans continued cheering, and our pit remained bustling. After all our diligence, we were ultimately rewarded with the Gracious Professionalism Award.
Lone Star Regional:
  • Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson


2007 Team with Nutcracker

2007 (Rack n Roll)

During the 2007 season, we took a completely different approach to the way we ran our team. Since a majority of our previous membership was composed of seniors, we had only a few returning students and mentors to carry on. First, a group of the veteran members advertised the team throughout the school. While some students hung up flyers, others personally visited classes and encouraged them to join our team. After the club acquired about fifty students and fifteen mentors, we began our search for funding. We developed a multimedia presentation highlighting FIRST's motives and our club's accomplishments and presented it to several corporations including Shell, Lockheed Martin, and Planning Systems Inc. The corporations were extremely impressed and accepted our request for financial support. We also designed a brochure to distribute among political leaders and local schools to gain their support and invite them to the Bayou Regional. Our hard work paid off when we won both the Rockwell Automation in Control Award and the Bayou Regional. We attended Nationals in Atlanta and were selected as a NASA House Team for the Stennis Space Center.
Bayou Regional:
  • Regional Winner
  • #1 Seed
  • Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award
World Championships
  • Archimedes Division


2008 team with Pyro

2008 (Overdrive)

We became Team Combustion, embellished with hues of electric blue and gold. Our community outreach expanded, with us mentoring a FIRST Lego League team, the Bonne Ecole Robostars, robotics demonstrations, and hosting BLAST's Jumpstart Build. Although our robot Pyro did not perform as well as our Bayou-Regional-winning Nutcracker, we did have the prestigious Judge's Award bestowed upon us in addition to learning valuable lessons for the future.
Bayou Regional:
  • Judges Award
  • Website Excellence Award


2009 team with Blue Steel

2009 (Lunacy)

Our team mantra for this year is "back to basics." This is reflected in our diligent work and organized team structure; we also returned to the workplace of our very first year. We continued our outreach activities always looking for new ways to educate our community. During competition Blue Steel did not perform as well as we had expected, however, we enjoyed ourselves. Although we did not participate in the finals most members of the team stayed and cheered for our fellow teams. This and other factors helped us win the Gracious Professionalism Award. One of our mentors, Dr. Dale Bibee was honored with the Woodie Flowers Award.
Bayou Regional:
  • Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson
  • Woodie Flowers Finalist (Dr Dale Bibee)(see essay)


2010 team with Chairmans Award

2010 (Breakaway)

This year Team Combustion truly became a year-round team, participating in a large number of demos and community activities for all age groups including recreational, professional, and non-profit organizations across the Gulf Coast. We also expanded our sponsor base considerably, having our first annual open house to showcase our accomplishments. We had an Autodesk team for the first time to make 1912 a more complete organization. We also attended two regionals, the Bayou and Lone Star Regionals. The robot Stryker, performed well at the regionals, taking first seed at the Bayou and winning the Quality Award and Engineering Excellence Award. Overall, we received seven awards at these regionals, such as the Excellence in Design Award and two Dean's List Awards at the Bayou (for full list, see Awards page). Most importantly, our team received FIRST's highest honor, the Regional Chairman's Award, allowing us to go to the FIRST Championship for the first time since 2007.
Bayou Regional:
  • Chairman's Award(see essay and short answers)
  • Engineering Excellence Award sponsored by Delphi
  • Excellence in Design Award sponsored by Autodesk
  • Coopertition Award
  • Dean's List Finalist (Andy Zhou)(see essay)
  • Dean's List Finalist (Chris Collins)(see essay)
  • Website Excellence Award
Lone Star Regional:
  • Quality Award sponsored by Motorola
World Championships
  • Curie Division


2011 team with Chairmans Award

2011 (Logomotion)

In 2011, Team Combustion built on the enthusiasm generated our previous Chairman's win by expanding our role in the FIRST community and the Gulf Coast area. We tried to increase our involvement and cooperation with other FIRST teams and participated in even more community events and demos to spread FIRST's message to a wider audience. This year we integrated CAD design into our robot more than ever before, and worked hard on our animation and website. We were rewarded at the Bayou Regional with the Best Website Award and the Gracious Professionalism Award. Our soon-to-be president, Hannah Sorrell, won the Dean's List Finalist Award to recognize her extraordinary efforts. Ultimately, all of our hard offseason and build season work climaxed with the winning of our second consecutive Regional Chairman's Award at the Bayou Regional, allowing us to again attend the International FIRST Championship in the new venue of St. Louis, Missouri.
Bayou Regional:
  • Chairman's Award(see essay and short answers)
  • Dean's List Finalist (Hannah Sorrell)(see essay)
  • Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson
  • Best Website Award
  • Website Excellence Award
World Championships
  • Archimedes Division


2012 team with Chairmans Award

2012 (Rebound Rumble)

As an active member of the community all year around, Combustion blazes through its summers reaching out through demos and volunteer work, and forming new ties with organizations and people. During this year's build season, our team implemented CAD to construct a more perfect robot, while our animators breathed life into their vision behind the computers. Our Rebound Rumble robot, Thermite, ranked 8th at the Bayou Regional. Among other honors, Team Combustion received the Regional Chairman's Award for the third year in a row, sending us straight to the World Championships in St. Louis, MO. Furthermore, our very own Rachel Holladay won the prestigious National Dean's List Award granted to only 10 recipients every year, marking Team Combustion's first foray into awards on the international level.
Bayou Regional:
  • Chairman's Award(see essay and short answers)
  • Best Website Award
  • Honorable Mention for the Industrial Safety Award
  • Website Excellence Award
World Championships:
  • Dean's List Winner (Rachel Holladay)(see essay)
  • Curie Division


2013 team with Chairmans Award

2013 (Ultimate Ascent)

Entering our eighth year of FIRST, we continued to diversify our off-season events. We demoed to a wide variety of groups and organizations, from the national AARP convention to our very own Rocket Camp. PEDRO (Panther Engineered and Designed RObot) Prime, the finished product of many off-season builds, furnished our fleet with a triple-barreled t-shirt cannon. As the hectic build season for Ultimate Ascent progressed, we focused on strategy and simplicity, culminating with Hammerhead, our robust cycler robot. Hammerhead performed well at two regionals, finishing as a semifinalist at the Bayou Regional and winning the Quality Award at the inaugural Razorback Regional in Fayetteville, Arkansas. A rare "treble" of awards at Bayou highlighted our team's strength: Woodie Flowers finalist for founding mentor Wendy Holladay, Dean's List Finalist for junior Scott Kent, and the prestigious Regional Chairman's Award. This earned us a place at the World Championships, held in St. Louis, for the fourth consecutive year.
Bayou Regional:
  • Chairman's Award(see essay and short answers)
  • Woodie Flowers Finalist (Ms Wendy Holladay)(see essay)
  • Dean's List Finalist (Scott Kent)(see essay)
  • Honorable Mention for the Industrial Safety Award
Razorback Regional
  • Quality Award sponsored by Motorola at the Razorback Regional
World Championships
  • Galileo Division


2014 team with Apache

2014 (Aerial Assist)

In our ninth year, we moved into a new build space on school campus. We continued traditional outreach venues while also reaching out to new opportunities, especially within our school. Directly after Kickoff, we adopted FRC 4668, from nearby Salmen High. During the build season, we concentrated on modular, compact design. Our finished product, Apache, is one of our lightest and fastest robots, as well as one of our simplest. We competed at the Orlando Regional for the first time, visiting fellow NASA House Team 233 (The Pink Team). Although this was the first regional at which we did not win an award, Orlando was an exciting start to the Aerial Assist competition. We used this experience to improve Apache for the Bayou Regional, where we finished as quarterfinalists with FRC 2190 and FRC 2080. Mr Allen Sorrell earned the Volunteer of the Year Award for his peerless support for BLaST. Alex Lew became our 2nd Dean's List Winner at the World Championships in St Louis. Even though we did not qualify as a team for the World Championship, we are proud of our superb robot and complete design cycle.
Orlando Regional

Bayou Regional:
  • Volunteer of the Year (Allen Sorrell)
World Championships
  • Dean's List Winner (Alex Lew)(see essay)