Jacob S.  Is a 15 year old 10th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for 1 year and this year is on the Mechanical Subteam.  He chose to join robotics because he needed to do another club and decided to do robotics.  He chose his subteam because he wanted to learn how to build things.  In his future, he wants to be an engineer and robotics would help him learn about building things.  If he were a fruit, he would be a grape.

Austin H. is a 17 year old 11th grader at Climax-Scotts High School.  He has been in robotics for 5 years and this year is on the electrical subteam.  He chose to join robotics because he thought it would be fun.  He was assigned to his subteam.  In his future, he wants to be a robotics engineer and robotics would help him due to the inherent links.  If he were a fruit, he would be a grape.

Brayden C. is a 14 year old 9th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for three years and this year is on the Programming Sub-Team.  He chose to join robotics because he had friends doing it.  He chose their sub-team because he was curious about what they did.  In his future, wants to be a computer programmer and robotics would help him because he could learn about coding.  If he were a fruit, he would be an apple.

Dave is in his third year with FIRST Robotics. He currently works as a Histology Technician. Dave works with the Safety subteam. He works with this specific subteam because he hopes to contribute more to the safety program. He was drawn to the FIRST program because his son loves robotics and FIRST is a great program for students to pursue their dreams. Our mentors were asked, “If you were a balloon animal, what kind of balloon animal would you be?”, his response was “a beaver”.

Micheal S. is a 15 year old 10th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for 1 year and this year is on the Programming Subteam.  He chose to join robotics because he likes to program.  He chose his subteam because he wanted to code and had friends there.  In his future, he wants to be a computer programmer and robotics would help him learn about programming and coding.  If he were a fruit, he would be a lemon.

Stacy is in her second year with FIRST Robotics. She currently works as a Pharmacist. Stacy works with the Programming subteam. She works with this specific subteam because she finds programming fascinating, and knows just enough to get herself in trouble. She was drawn to the FIRST program because it’s an amazing program that encourages kids to be functional members of society. It teaches them to be leaders and successful in the real world. Our mentors were asked, “If you were a balloon animal, what kind of balloon animal would you be?” her response was “a worm, because it doesn’t like to wait for things to happen”.

Our Mentors

Drew S. is a 16 year old 11th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for six years and this year is on the Strategy Sub-Team.  He chose to join robotics because he was in Middle School robotics and was fascinated by the applications of robots.  He joined his Sub-Team because no one else was in it. In the future, he wants to be in politics or help with infectious diseases and robotics will help with software programming, working as a team, and time management.  If he were a fruit, he would be a horned melon because he is prickly on the outside and sour on the inside.

Cheryl is in her sixth year with FIRST Robotics. She currently works as the Owner of Springfield Plumbing. Cheryl works as the guiding force for the administrative functions of the team. She is a vital mentor for this team as she is in charge of most of the business, FIRST, and legal paperwork. She was drawn to the FIRST program because she hopes to have a positive influence on student’s lives. Our mentors were asked, “If you were a balloon animal, what kind of balloon animal would you be?”, her response was “a poodle”.

Ryan is in his sixth year with FIRST Robotics. He currently works as a Performance Components Specialist. Ryan works and has worked with the build, electrical, and drive subteams. He works with those subteams because when he was a student in the program and there were so few students on the team that he had to learn several things. He was drawn to the FIRST program because his friend had asked if he wanted to be part of the robotics team and he has been hooked on the program ever since. Our mentors were asked, “If you were a balloon animal, what kind of balloon animal would you be?”, his response was “he would not be an animal, he would rather be a British MAN O’ War”.

Autumn G. is a 16 year old 11th grader at Gull Lake High School.  She has been in robotics for 3 years and this year is on the Programming Subt-eam.  She chose to join robotics because of her interest in STEAM fields, the leadership opportunities, and friends she had in robotics.  She chose her sub-team because of the people in the group, and her interest in computers.  In her future, she wants to be an astrophysicist and robotics would help her with communication, leadership, and technical skills.  If she were a fruit, she would be a mango.

Ethan S. is a 14 year old 9th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for three years and this year is on the Mechanical Sub-Team.  He chose to join robotics because he was interested in it for his future career.  He chose his sub-team because of a similar reason, his future career.  In his future, he wants to be a mechanical engineer and robotics would help him learn about mechanical parts and the basics of being a mechanical engineer.  If he were a fruit, he would be an apple.

Dalton Clinger is a 17 year old 12th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for 4 years and this year is on the Safety Sub-team.  He chose to join robotics because of the fun and challenging environment, the working with a great set of people, and learning new skills.  He chose his subteam because it was different and provided a new environment. It allows you learn skills that not every subteam learns, and have a lot of fun in the process.  In his future, he wants to be either a marine biologist or something in the business field.  Robotics would help him by helping with math or science skills.  If he were a fruit, he would be a starfruit.

Parker K. is a 14 year old 9th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for three years and this year is on the Marketing Sub-Team.  He chose to join robotics because he had many friends invite him.  He chose his sub-team because he enjoys working with computers.  In his future, he wants to be in human resources and robotics would help him because he’ll be more familiar with working with computers.  If he were a fruit, he would be a banana.

Meg B. is a 18 year old 12th grader at Gull Lake High School.  She has been in robotics for 5 years and this year is on the Marketing Sub-team.  She chose to join robotics because her best friend invited her to a competition, and she was instantly hooked.  She chose her subteam because she’s always had an interest in marketing spirit.  In her future, she is unsure of what she wants to be doing, but robotics has helped her with speaking and people skills.  If she were a fruit, she would be a strawberry.

Alan is in his fifth year with FIRST Robotics. He currently works as a Machinist. Alan works with the Mechanical subteam. He works with this specific subteam because it is his field of expertise. He was drawn to the FIRST program because his son helped start the team and they needed help. He also loves seeing the impact this program has on student’s lives. Our mentors were asked, “If you were a balloon animal, what kind of balloon animal would you be?” his response was “a chihuahua, because his bark is worse than his bite”.

Andrew G. is a 15 year old 9th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for four years and this year is on the Marketing Sub-Team.  He chose to join robotics because he’s always liked technology and engineering.  He chose to join the Electronics Sub-team, but ended up in marketing.  In his future, he wants to be a chemical engineer and robotics would help him learn some of the basics of engineering .  If he were a fruit, he would be a lychee.

Our Students

David R. is a 16 year old 11th grader at Gull Lake Home School Partnership.  He has been in robotics for 6 years and this year is on the Electrical Sub-team.  He chose to join robotics because he participated in a robotics class when he was twelve and enjoyed it, so he joined the middle school team.  He continued into high school robots and never quit (quitters never win and winners never quit!) He chose his subteam because he didn’t really enjoy programming, so he tried electrical and went on from there.  In his future, wants to be a professor in mechanical engineering and robotics would help him understand engineering.  If he were a fruit, he would be a zucchini.

Paul M.  is an 18 year old “5th year” student at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.  He has been in robotics for 6 years and this year is on the Mechanical Sub-team.  He chose to join robotics because him and his friend both heard of it back in middle school.  He chose his subteam because he enjoyed building things and figuring out ways to make a robot work.  In his future, he wants to be an engineer who can help change the world and robotics would help him find more ways to be an innovator.  If he were a fruit, he would be a cantaloupe.

Rowan S.  is a 18 year old “5th year” student at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.  He has been in robotics for 5 years and this year is on the Mechanical Sub-team.  He chose to join robotics because his friends invited him to a meeting after school, and he’s loved it ever since.  He chose his subteam because he was on marketing, but then decided that building seems like a lot more fun.  In his future, he wants to be an engineer and robotics would help him because engineering is a direct STEAM field and robotics is a direct STEAM activity.  If he were a fruit, he would be a cashew, because although cashew fruits taste delicious, they are full of toxins.

Don is in his third year with FIRST Robotics. He currently works as a Plant Manager. Don works with the Programming and Electrical subteams. He works with these specific subteams because he thinks it’s fun to educate students with the knowledge he has about programming and electronics. He was drawn to the FIRST program because his daughter became a member on the team. Our mentors were asked, “If you were a balloon animal, what kind of balloon animal would you be?”, his response was “a fish”.

Gail is in her fifth year with FIRST Robotics. Gail works with the Safety subteam. She works with this subteam because “it chose her” and she knew about safety before she started volunteering with the team. She was drawn to the FIRST program because her daughter wanted to join the team. Our mentors were asked, “If you were a balloon animal, what kind of balloon animal would you be?” Her response was, “a unicorn”.

Michael is in his third year with FIRST Robotics. He currently works as a Business Analyst. Michael works with the Electrical subteam. Michael works with this specific subteam because he gets to share his knowledge of electrical and electronic systems with students. He was drawn to the FIRST program because his son had wanted to join the team, and Michael had come to support him. Our mentors were asked, “If you were a balloon animal, what kind of balloon animal would you be?”, his response was “ a tasmanian devil, because they are really busy critters”.

Pam is in her sixth year with FIRST Robotics. She currently works as a Cook at Western Michigan University. Pam is mostly a floater mentor, she is in charge of food and logistics. She helps our students apply for FIRST Scholarships and helps with other important things associated with our team. She was drawn to the FIRST program because she enjoys working with the students in all different areas. She was asked, “If you were a balloon animal, what kind of balloon animal would you be?”, her response was “a dog”.

John M. is a 14 year old 9th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for two years and this year is on the Safety Sub-Team.  He chose to join robotics because he likes robots.  He was randomly assigned to his sub-team, but ended up liking it.  In his future, he is undecided about what he wants to do, but believes robotics would help him with gaining responsibility.  If he were a fruit, he would be a watermelon.

Pete is in his sixth year with FIRST Robotics. He currently works as a Foreign Military Sales Case Manager. Pete works with the Electrical subteam. He works with this specific subteam because he has experience wiring trucks. He was drawn to the FIRST program initially because of his son, but continued because he enjoys teaching wiring and robotics to students and keeping students on task using his “Military Voice”. Our mentors were asked, “If you were a balloon animal, what kind of balloon animal would you be?” his response was “a giraffe because giraffes are cool”.

Patrick is in his second year with FIRST Robotics. He currently works as a 3rd Grade Teacher. Patrick is the Executive Director of the Gull Lake Area FLL Program. He used his teacher resources to start our FLL program and graciously volunteers his time to help with keep FRC and the FLL programs connected. He was drawn to the FIRST program because his son started to get involved and Patrick wanted to be part of the strong group of mentors that our team has. Our mentors were asked, “If you were a balloon animal, what kind of balloon animal would you be?”  His response was “a purple balloon octopus hanging in the rafters of Joe Louis Arena”.

Nicholas F.  is a 14 year old 9th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for four years and this year is on the Mechanical Sub-Team.  He chose to join robotics because his brother was in it.  He chose this sub-team because he has always enjoyed building things.  In his future, he wants to be an aerospace engineer and robotics would help him understand the different types of parts.  If he were a fruit, he would be a strawberry.

Daniel T.  is a 16 year old 10th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for 6 years and this year is on the Mechanical Subteam.  He chose to join robotics because had been interested since he was 10 years old, and has always loved engineering.  He chose his subteam because he had done it in previous years.  In his future, he wants to be a chemical engineer or a nuclear engineer and robotics would help him learn about time management and working with a team.  If he were a fruit, he would be a “strong avocado”.

Kyle B. is a 16 year old 11th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for 3 years and this year is on the Programming Sub-team and Team Co-Captain.  He chose to join robotics because he wanted to program robots.  He chose his subteam because he’d been programming for a few years before joining.  In his future, he wants to be something computer science related and robotics would help him because it’s exactly what he’s trying to learn.  If he were a fruit, he would be an apple.

Ken is in his sixth year with FIRST Robotics.  He currently works as Senior Manager of Marketing at Pfizercentreone.  Ken works with the Marketing subteam. He works with this specific subteam because this is what he does as a daily job. He was drawn to the FIRST program because his son asked him to be a mentor and Ken stays active in his kid’s extracurriculars.  When asked, “If you were a balloon animal, what kind of balloon animal would you be?”, his response was “a dragon, simply because I like spicy food”.

Amber T.  is a 17 year old 12th grader at Gull Lake High School.  She has been in robotics for 6 years and this year is the Team Captain.  She chose to join robotics because her brother was in it.  She chose to be the Team Captain because she was very involved with the program and was voluntold into the position .  She currently is undecided on her future yet robotics would still help her due to all the public speaking.  If she were a fruit, she would be a dragon fruit because they’re complicated.

Christopher K.  is a 15 year old 10th grader at Gull Lake High School. He has been in robotics for three years and this year is on the Marketing Sub-Team.  He chose to join robotics because back in middle school his parents had told him to find something extra-curricular to do along with normal school, and he saw robotics on the announcements, grabbed a flyer, and now here he is.  He chose his sub-team because back in middle school what he had helped with was the engineering journal and the website, nothing to do with the robot directly. Marketing was the most similar.  He still doesn’t know what he wants to do in his future, but he is sure that, no matter what it is, robotics would help him.  If he were a fruit, he would be a mango.

Sam H. is a 15 year old 10th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for 3 years and this year is on the Programming Subteam.  He chose to join robotics because it sounded interesting and a lot of people recommended it.  He chose his subteam because he never enjoyed build as much as the other people.  In his future, he wants to be a chemical engineer and robotics would help him learn about working in groups and time management.  If he were a fruit, he would be a banana.

Rachel is in her second year with FIRST Robotics. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist. Rachel works with the Marketing subteam. Rachel works with this specific subteam because she is good with writing and really enjoys helping the students learn how to write and learn better ways to present themselves in the professional world. She was drawn to the FIRST program because her siblings were in the program, and she was here all the time so it made sense to get involved in the program. Our mentors were asked, “If you were a balloon animal, what kind of balloon animal would you be?”, her response was “a fox”.

Ben M. is a 14 year old 9th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for two years and this year is on the Mechanical Sub-Team.  He chose to join robotics because he wanted to try something new, and his older brother influenced him.  He chose his sub-team because he was in mechanical last year and has experience in it.  He isn’t decided on what he wants to do in the future.  If he were a fruit, he would be a banana.

Mark is in his fourth year with FIRST Robotics. He currently works as an IT Manager. Mark works with the Programming subteam. He works with this specific subteam because he enjoys watching the strengths of students. He was drawn to the FIRST program because his son became a member on the team. Our mentors were asked, “If you were a balloon animal, what kind of balloon animal would you be?”, his response was “a popped balloon”.


Lindsey B.  is a 15 year old 10th grader at Gull Lake High School.  She has been in robotics for 2 years and this year is on Safety as the subteam student leader.  She chose to join robotics because her brother was doing it and she thought it looked fun.  She chose her subteam because she enjoys telling people what to do, and making sure people are being safe.  In her future, she wants to be either a pastry chef or a teacher and robotics would help her learn about working with people.  If she were a fruit, she would be a green apple.

Corey S. is a 15 year old 9th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for four years and this year is on the Programming Sub-Team.  He chose to join robotics because he wanted to be involved with teamwork.  He chose his sub-team because he had a previous interest in computer science.  In his future, wants to be an aerospace engineer and robotics would help him with having engineering experience.  If he were a fruit, he would be an ugli fruit.

Lucas F.  is an 18 year old “5th year” student from Gull Lake High School, learning at KVCC.  He has been in robotics for 5 years and this year is on the Mechanical Sub-team.  He chose to join robotics because he was interested and attended a meeting.  He chose his subteam because he had a background in mechanical work.  In his future, he wants to be a mechanical engineer and robotics would help him improve his team building skills.  If he were a fruit, he would be a tomato.

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Isabel H. is a 16 year old 11th grader at Gull Lake High School.  She has been in robotics for 3 years and this year is on the Electrical Sub-team.  She chose to join robotics because it looks good on a college application.  She chose her subteam because she wanted to work with the robot, but didn’t like mechanical.  In her future, she wants to work for the CIA and robotics would help her get the college degree she needs to go into the career she wants.  If she were a fruit, she would be a kiwi.

Teresa is in her third year with FIRST Robotics. She currently works as a Virtual Science Teacher. Teresa works with the Badges and the Marketing subteam. She works at this because she enjoys helping students. She was drawn to the FIRST program because her son and husband were both involved with the team. Our mentors were asked, “If you were a balloon animal, what kind of balloon animal would you be?”, her response was “a giraffe”.

Eliot M. is a 14 year old 9th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for one year and this year is on the Electrical Sub-Team.  He chose to join robotics because his friend told him it was lots of fun, and it would help him learn new ideas.  He chose his sub-team because he wanted to help build the robot, but there wasn’t room in mechanical.  In his future, wants to be a mechanical engineer and robotics would help him learn things that he needs to know when he is older.  If he were a fruit, he would be a carrot, because he believes that vegetables are cooler than fruit.

John is in his second year with FIRST Robotics. He currently works as a Software Developer. John works with the Programming subteam. He works with this specific subteam because it’s the only subteam he has knowledge on. He was drawn to the FIRST program because his son became a member on the team. Our mentors were asked, “If you were a balloon animal, what kind of balloon animal would you be?”, his response was “a weiner dog”.

Luis T. is a 15 year old 9th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for three years and this year is on the Mechanical Sub-Team.  He chose to join robotics because he wanted to work on robots.  He chose his sub-team because it was a lot of fun.  In his future, he wants to run a garage where he works on cars and robotics would help him learn how to use different tools.  If he were a fruit, he would be a mango.

Alec G. is a 14 year old 9th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for four years and this year is on the Electrical Sub-Team.  He chose to join robotics because he likes to build things.  He joined his sub-team because his grandfather was an electrician.  In the future, he wants to be an aerospace engineer and robotics would help him learn about teamwork and engineering.  If he were a fruit, he would be a grapefruit.

Greg is in his eighth year with FIRST Robotics. He currently works as a Service Manager for a Commercial Industrial Roofing Company. Greg works with the Mechanical subteam. He works with this specific subteam because he is good with his hands. He was drawn to the FIRST program originally to spend time with his children, but has continued his involvement because he likes seeing students develop into leaders and then mentors. Our mentors were asked, “If you were a balloon animal, what kind of balloon animal would you be?” his response was “an elephant, because he has a great memory”.

Isaac L. Is a 14 year old 9th grader at Gull Lake High School.  He has been in robotics for three years and this year is on the Safety Sub-Team.  He chose to join robotics because he thought it looks like fun and enjoys robots.  Additionally, it looks good on a resume.  He chose his sub-team because he wanted to try something different.  In his future, he wants to be a doctor and robotics would help him learn about being safe around tools.  If he were a fruit, he would be a banana.