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WHS Robotics Team Wins Prestigious Impact Award, Qualifies for FIRST Championships

WHITEWATER, WI — The Whitewater High School FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team #6574 Ferradermis made a significant impact at the Northern Lights Regional.

Out of 55 competing FRC teams from five states, Ferradermis emerged victorious as the recipient of the Impact Award and placed third in the competition, securing a spot at the FIRST Championships in Houston this April. 

The Regional took place February 28 to March 3 in Duluth, Minnesota. 

The Impact Award, the most esteemed recognition in FIRST Robotics, is bestowed upon the team that exemplifies FIRST's mission and serves as a model for others to emulate. Ferradermis impressed the judges with the team’s comprehensive presentation, showcasing its impactful contributions within its membership, school, community, and state.

Ferradermis' Impact Team members Belle Cohen, Maddison LaHaie, and Cosette Wildermuth-Breitzman gave a presentation styled as a "tour," highlighting Ferradermis' profound influence. From educational outreach programs to advocacy efforts at the State Capitol, the team’s dedication to inspiring future STEM leaders was on full display.

Despite facing tough competition and challenging qualification matches, Ferradermis demonstrated resilience and excellence on the field with their robot, Chief Lee the Tangerine. Led by Driver Andrew O’Toole, Operator Kay Mikos, Human Player Erison Dreksler, and Technician Nina Heim, the team showcased teamwork and skill throughout the competition to finish third overall.

Looking ahead, Ferradermis is gearing up for upcoming regional events in Milwaukee and Chicago. However, the team also faces the challenge of raising funds for its trip to Houston, requiring support from the community and sponsors.

“We are immensely grateful for the unwavering support from our community, families, and sponsors,” said Laura Masbruch, Ferradermis Advisor. “The team could only do what it does with the tremendous community support it receives. Thank you to the families and community members who came to the competition and those who lined the streets to welcome them home.”

Donations can be made through Ferradermis' website or by contacting Laura Masbruch at Whitewater High School to support their journey to the FIRST Championships and beyond. For more information, visit https://www.ferradermis.org


Note to editor: Photos of the competition and Ferradermis are available here