OUTSTANDING ALUMNI

Julia Ermish

Marketing Mentor

Matthew McCormick (2012-13) U.T. Arlington

Matthew served with Drake Duman as the Chief Engineers during their senior  year. They lead meetings in class to discuss game strategy and what robot to functionality. He delegated leaders on each team. He made a drive train team, a feeder team and a shooter team. Together they directed all these ideas together to form a working robot. They were responsible for meeting deadlines and keeping the team focused. They were also responsible for supervising the final assembly of the robot. Staying late in the shop to make sure we got all the parts assembled and attached to the robot before we had to bag it. While at the tournaments. Matthew was in charge of team strategy and talking with the other alliance captains to coordinate the best strategy to win.

Drake Duman (2012-13) U. Arkansas

Drake was active during his Junior and Senior years. He led a BEST robotics project and won many cardboard boat awards with Michael Batson, before teaching cardboard boat design his senior year. Drake led the RoboVikes with Matthew McCormick. Together in the role of Chief Engineer, they collaborated to supervise the structure the RoboVikes team in design, fabrication, marketing, and sponsorship. They helped bring the team's first mecanum drive to competition and balanced multiple sports while doing so. During their leadership, photography and video was pushed in marketing with expert graphic artist Jack Collins. The team traveled to Lubbock and Dallas regionals and had enough members to help other teams out at regionals which is what FIRST is all about! Drake graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and is studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Business Management. He has had 2 different internships with Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth and at Edwards AFB in California. He works at Lockheed Martin and is on the Curriculum Committee for the new I.D.E.A. Building.

Josh Smith (2013-14) U. Texas at Austin

Josh Smith was active during his sophomore, junior and senior year.  He had part time work at Horizon Tech, one of our big sponsors  He was a vocal and very active leader of the team.  He was a Senior Advisor during his last year.  He designed the control system electronics.  He gave his design for an electronics mounting board to Hagans Plastics who donated a version of it to our team.  Josh was instrumental in that he was the one person who understood every aspect of the robot and could foresee potential problems before everyone else.  He ran track and cross country.  He graduated with his degree in electrical engineering at U. Texas at Austin.  He now works as an engineer.

Matthew Jarzombek (2013-14) Texas A & M

Matthew was active during his junior and senior year.  He was Head of Fabrication his senior year.  Matthew taught younger students how to work in the shop.  He graduated and went to school at Texas A & M University to study Engineering.  Matthew played football his freshman through junior year before turning his full attention to participating on the Robo Vikes.

Kevin Periera (2014-15) U. Texas Arlington

Kevin was involved with our team during his sophomore, junior and senior years.  He was the Student Body President during his senior year.  Kevin was excellent at figuring out how to solve mechanical problems and building designs to achieve it.  He served as CEO during his junior year and as a Senior advisor during his final year.  He designed the artwork for the mission statement and prayer card that is handed out to robotics students.  He has returned to the program after graduation to serve as a mentor during the FTC and FRC season.  He studied engineering at U.T. Arlington.

Antonio Araujo (2014-15) U. Texas Arlington

Antonio participated in robotics during his last two seasons at Nolan Catholic.  He was instrumental in helping establish FLL teams at St. Andrew’s school.  Antonio displayed an innate ability to get along with the various personalities on the team and had strong skills in fabrication and assembly which he gladly passed on to younger team members.  He served as the Director of Human Resources during his senior year.  Lockheed granted him the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers scholarship to U. T. Arlington which he graduated from as a mechanical engineering major.  After graduation from Nolan Antonio returned to help mentor students with both FTC and FRC events.  He is skilled in the use of Solidworks and plans to mentor the team in this capacity as well as in fabrication, design and assembly.

Blaise Paulo (2014-15) US Military Acad. West Point

After graduating from Nolan Catholic in 2014, Blaise joined the corps of cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point.. She majored in Economics and Portuguese and is a member of the Alpine Ski Team. She graduated in 2018 and hopes to branch aviation. She is grateful for the problem solving skills, critical thinking, and teamwork she was able to develop during her time with the Robo Vikes

Kyle Griffith (2015-16) Oklahoma State

Kyle was a member of the Robo Vikes during all four years of his time at Nolan Catholic.  He more than other student is responsible for the success and growth of team 4206.  He served as Safety Director during his freshmen year.  He was very involved with assembly during his freshmen year as well.  At one event, he conceived, drew and built an assembly to be added onto the robot at competition.  During his sophomore year he was even more involved as a leader.  He was responsible for single handedly working to get $28,000 in sponsorship dollars.  He instigated and managed the logistics for our first off-season FRC event during the summer of 2014.  He served as CEO during his junior year.  He was the lead CAD designer during his senior year.  He was instrumental in the funding and pushing for the purchasing of our milling machine.  Kyle started seven FLL teams at St. Andrews during his junior year.  He was skilled at electronics, CAD, assembly, 3-d printing, marketing and fabrication.  He is studying engineering at Oklahoma State University

Blaise Paulo (2014-15) US Military Acad. West Point

Zach participated in robotics during his last three years at Nolan Catholic.  He was the CEO for the 2016 FRC season.  His personality allowed him to keep things light while getting the cooperation from the various personalities on the team.  Zach chose to forego playing football his senior year in order to focus on robotics.  Zach was instrumental in founding FLL teams at St Andrew’s school.  He is studying electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin

David Yokell (2012-17) U. Missouri S & T

David joined the Robo Vikes as a quiet unassuming freshmen.  By his senior year, David was the lead student designer of the robot.  David became adept at all levels of fabrication and assembly.  He most of the CAD drawing for the 217 robot. David was generous in his willingness to help his teammates.  He currently attends the University of Missouri S & T in Rolla.  David helps serve as a mentor when he is in town from school.

Blaise Paulo (2014-15) US Military Acad. West Point

Zach participated in robotics during his last three years at Nolan Catholic.  He was the CEO for the 2016 FRC season.  His personality allowed him to keep things light while getting the cooperation from the various personalities on the team.  Zach chose to forego playing football his senior year in order to focus on robotics.  Zach was instrumental in founding FLL teams at St Andrew’s school.  He is studying electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin

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