Maddi's Story (Team 2944)

March 30, 2016

I joined my school’s robotics team to impress some guy. Walking in to my first 

Wednesday lunch meeting that day I had no idea what to expect. Even though I joined for the 

boy I would stay for the people I met, the skills I learned, and the passion that emerged later on 

that year. Build season started and the team put me to work, on awards. The team reluctantly let 

me write the Woodie flowers award, an easy essay talking about the best mentor ever, Megan 

McLean. I wrote the award, went to competition, and acted like a true team member. I learned to 

be literate in the engineering language if you will, I learned about tools, programming, and all of 

the FIRST acronyms. And most of the season my friends and even some people on the team did 

not think I would still be here when I lost interest in that boy. Little did they know that by the 

time I lost interest in him, I had found a new pursuit of happiness, Team 2944. One season later, 

I am on our team leadership, I market our team brand and am now a Washington FIRST student 

ambassador. I may not have fell in love with the boy but I fell in love with something that will 

take me way farther in life, robotics.


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