Our Team

Our Team

 

Pedro Avalos

12th Grade

Trinity Oaks Christian Academy

3 Years in FTC

Co-Programming Lead, Finance and Purchasing Lead, Website Editor, Field Coach

 

Hi I am Pedro Avalos. I am 18 years old; I am a senior at Trinity Oaks Christian Academy. I have spent five full years in FIRST. Out of these, I have spent three years in First Lego League, while the last two have been in First Tech Challenge, with the Golden Ratio. I am now starting my third year on the team (and FTC), and my sixth year in FIRST. 

My various hobbies include programming, reading, and writing (mostly poetry), studying history (via both reading books and watching documentaries), playing all sorts of video games, playing volleyball (and sometimes tennis), and playing the piano. My favorite parts of being on a robotics team are both being able to do things I didn’t do as often before (such as programming and doing finance) and being able to go on tours to various companies (such as GrubHub, Continental, and Zebra).

 

Alex Berlin

10th Grade

Elgin Academy

3 Years in FTC

Lead Scout, Build Team, Social Media, Field Coach

I am Alex Berlin and I’m 15 years old and I go to Elgin Academy. This is my third year in FIRST and on the team. I like to play Hockey, golf, Soccer, and Baseball, and I collect sneakers. I think robotics is a lot of fun because you get to build robots, go tour awesome companies like GRUBHUB, Continental, and Google. We also  help raise money for the team by getting sponsorships and that can be very rewarding and challenging.

Yash Dulla

10th Grade

Dundee Crown High School

2 Years in FTC

Build Team

Hi, my name is Yash and I go to Dundee Crown High School. I play golf and do lacrosse. My roles on the team are building and CAD. This is my second year with FIRST and I’m loving it, I am learning lots of new things because my mentors let me be very hands-on. Other hobbies I enjoy are golf and playing video games. I have luscious flawless curls and love to dress nice. I value education and want to be an engineer when I am older.

Tyler Berlin

7th Grade

Elgin Academy

First Year in FTC

Website Editing Lead, Programing

Hi my name is Tyler I go to Elgin Academy and play drums. My roles on the team are  Website Editing Lead and Programming. This is my first year with FIRST and I like it so far. I enjoy playing video games with my friends and I also like to build with LEGOs.

Caleb Benammar 

11th Grade

Johnsburg High School

First Year in FTC

Programmer

Hi, I’m Caleb Benammar, I’m a junior at Johnsburg High School; this is my first year on the team. Outside of The Golden Ratio, I am in the JHS marching band playing various percussion instruments, varsity choir, The JHS drama club, the JHS jazz band, and a Biology/History tutor. I have been programming small games for over a year now and decided to join the team after seeing how much my best friend, Kate loved it. My favorite part of robotics has been learning how different it is to program robots opposed to games, and seeing how they are built. A goal of mine is to learn more about STEM as a whole and create a career out of it after high school.

Andrew Cascio

10th grade

Home School

First year in FTC

Build Team and Fill in other roles on team

Hi my name is Andrew and  I am homeschooled. I play video games and I also fly drones. What I do on the team so far is building but I want to get into programming. This will be my first year on the Golden Ratio Robotics team. I’m really looking forward to this year to learn about robotics and programming and to be a

part of an awesome team of people.

Jacob Schmitt

9th Grade

Johnsburg High School

First Year in FTC

Build Team, FILL IN OTHER ROLES ON TEAM

Hi, I’m Jacob. I will  be a freshman at Johnsburg High School. This is my first year on the team. Previously, I was on an FLL team at my middle school for two years. I’m interested in being on the build team because I like to design and build things to solve problems. I would eventually like to pursue a career in mechanical engineering. One goal of mine to learn more about programming and CAD design. I love to play hockey, golf, and run track.  Some of my favorite things to do in my free time are snow and water skiing, fishing and biking with my friends.

Patricia Hall

11th Grade

Johnsburg High School

First Year in FTC

Marketing, Social Media, Documentation

Hi, my name is Patricia and this is my first year on an FTC team. I’ve always had an interest in marketing, but never have never gotten to be a part of a marketing team until now. In addition to The Golden Ratio, I am in Marching, Concert, Pep, and Jazz band playing Clarinet, Cast and Crew in Drama Club, Youth group, plus I volunteer in Nursery and a monthly lunch at my church. In my free time (when I have free time), I love going out with my friends, listening and making music, and writing. I am very excited to be a part of this team and for this season. I hope it is a season of learning and growing. “It always seems impossible until it’s done” -Unknown.

 

Kate Thompson

12th Grade

Johnsburg High School

5 Years in FTC

Co-Programming Lead, Inter-team Outreach Coordinator, Social Media Lead,

 FLL Team Mentor Lead

Hi, I’m Kate Thompson and I am a Senior at Johnsburg High School. This will be my 5th season in FTC but my second with The Golden Ratio. One of my biggest passions is working with FLL Jr and FLL teams. I’m currently mentoring The Lego Masters FLL  team and CyberCats FLL teams. A goal of mine is to create opportunities for kids in my more rural sports-oriented community to pursue or grow their interests in STEM. Growing up and even now, I have to travel a long way for STEM opportunities so my goal is to make it easier for others to find those opportunities closer to home. I’m also very passionate about supporting the girls already in FIRST through running events with FIRST Ladies. Outside of robotics, I sing in my school’s Varsity Choir and Madrigals ensemble. Robotics is the biggest part of my life however and I love the amazing group of people I see at competitions and see (at least) two times a week.