Could this be the best year ever for Huntington High School’s robotics team? It’s a question that won’t be answered for many months, but there’s little doubt that the coming campaign is going to be quite special and help the well regarded program reach new heights.
Officially known as FIRST Team 5016, Huntington Robotics is comprised of some of the brightest and most ingenious minds in the high school. These teenagers thrive on finding solutions to the most complex problems and simply love a challenge.
The team’s parent association has been busy organizing a fall fundraising event to help underwrite some of the costs of this year’s program. The reception will be held at Launchpad Huntington (upstairs at 315 Main Street in the heart of the village) on Wednesday, November 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $75. They can be purchased in advance at www.team5016.com. Guests should enter the building from the Gerard Street parking lot the night of the party.
The fundraiser is expected to attract a crowd of parents, tech industry leaders, school officials, alumni, supportive community members and the teenagers who continue to make the team one of the best in the country.
Team members will give those attending the reception a sneak peek at Huntington Robotics’ plans for 2017/18. The program was established to provide students with a pre-college experience in science, technology, engineering and math and to build interest in those areas.
Huntington Robotics qualified for the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis in three of its first five years of existence. Last March, it captured NASA’s Engineering Inspiration Award.
Members of the team not only gain technical skills, but also graduate with real-world business experience. The group raises tens of thousands of dollars annually for its program. Huntington Robotics is invested in leadership, engineering and diversity.
“This is an incredibly well rounded program that prepares our students for a fast moving, technically enabled world with a diversity of thought and experiences,” said Mike McGinniss, president of the Huntington Robotics Parent Association. “I can’t wait to see what the team does this season.”
Wednesday night’s fundraising event is sponsored by Maria Lanzisero of Signature Premier Properties Huntington and Carter DeLuca Farrell & Schmidt LLP, an intellectual property legal services firm based in Melville.
Team members are in the midst of raising $25,000 for this year’s program. The proceeds from Wednesday night will go toward meeting Huntington Robotics’ ambitious goal.
Many students have taken on leadership roles with this year’s team, including Tim Low, Matt Wildermuth, John Riley Lindsay Saginaw, David Mosden, Matt Gennarelli, Abigail Holmes, Isabella McGinniss and Luke Farrell. The teenagers are working closely with their teammates and faculty advisors Brian Reynolds and Omar Santiago.
The team has already participated in several community events, including Dr. Ina Gellerman’s Kiss Cancer Goodbye fundraising walk in Heckscher Park, the high school’s Homecoming Day parade, Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School’s Family Technology Night and Zebra Technologies high school showcase. The group is also volunteering at next Tuesday’s Safe Halloween program at Huntington High School for the district’s elementary school students.
The competitive season unofficially kicks-off at the Half Hollow Hills Invitational in November.