In this update:  Spring has sprung at Shady Acres; Fly-in visitor; Keith reaches out; Welding sparks fly; Brandyn Bayes wins the FIRST Robotics Dean’s List Finalist Award!

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Clear blue skies and a warm sun greeted the working team today:  Bernard McVay, Von Armstrong, Ed Shadle, Les Holm, Tom Tiede, Rich Pengelley, Larry Martinson, John Mittleider and Keith Zanghi


Terry Allen upgrades from a RV-7 to a F-104A

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Terry Allen, a friend of Keith, arrived in style; flying into Shady Acres in his home built beauty of a Vans RV-7 aircraft.  He missed seeing Keith but took the hangar tour and loved our big red North American Eagle™ and just like every other pilot that tours the Eagle, couldn’t wait to sit in the cockpit.


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Keith was gone for the first part of the day.  He is a mentor/advisor for a High School group taking part in a robotics competition this weekend at Century Link Center in Seattle.  Among the very bright students, making up 64 teams from the Northwest Region, were our own NAE team members, Chris Greene, Brandyn Bayes, and Andrew Kirk.   For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) ; the competition is well named. Andrew and Brandyn worked together on the Graham-Koposin HS 2527 Team and Chris is on the Bethel HS Team 3237.


Brandyn Bayes – FIRST Deans List Finalist!


Since its introduction in 2010, the FIRST Dean’s List Award has attracted the attention of prestigious colleges and universities who desire to recruit FIRST Dean’s List students.  Prestigious colleges have expressed great interest in meeting FIRST Dean’s List’s Award winners for the sole purpose of their recruitment to the institution. 


The award was created during the 2010 FRC season by the Kamen family in recognition of Jack and Evelyn Kamen; parents of FIRST founder Dean Kamen.  Jack, who passed away in August of 2008 at the age of 88, and his wife Evelyn have been fixtures at many FIRST events.  Their humor, along with a positive and supportive attitude, truly symbolizes the FIRST culture.  In fact, Jack is the designer of the playful red, white and blue geometric shapes that create the FIRST logo which wonderfully balances the technical and emotional sides of what FIRST is all about.  Dean’s mother, Evelyn, is a tireless caretaker for her family and is an exceptional teacher, principal and tremendous FIRST supporter.  She lends her experience as a leader of schools to chair the judge panel that selects the FIRST Dean’s List Award winners.


Dean’s parents always encouraged his passion for innovation and his gift for motivating leaders throughout the world to support the FIRST mission.  It is the family’s hope that this award will encourage the passion in all FIRST students to promote the FIRST mission both as a student on an FRC team and for years to come as members of the FIRST student alumni.


Brandyn received the FIRST Deans List Finalist Award and will be headed to St Louis to attend the Championship in April.  Congratulations to Brandyn!  A big NAE salute goes out to all these young students from all the teams;  in our region and across the nation.


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Bernard McVay, team member and sponsor from McVays Mobile Welding, came prepared to do some serious welding on frame member components for the rear axle.  Ed, Les and Tom lent a hand.  Rich made the long drive down from  north of Seattle to continue the work on the compartment closure for the mid wheels.  John Mittleider returned some electronic gear he tested and  analyzed.

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