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Congratulations and Thank You to Team DRIFT and Supporters

Monday, April 3, 2017

Team DRIFT recently returned from the Hudson Valley Regional Robotics Competition in New York bringing back the competition’s most prestigious recognition: the Chairman’s Award. We would like to congratulate the team once again and thank everyone involved in making this such a positive experience.


Reporter Urelín Castillo from Noticias SIN interviewed Team DRIFT members about their successful participation at the competition. Click here here to watch the interview.


The Chairman’s Award honors the team that best embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and is a model for other teams to emulate. It represents the spirit of FIRST, encouraging more of today’s youth to become scientists, engineers and technologists. Click here to watch our students receiving the Chairman’s Award.

Team DRIFT mentor Mr. Angel Duran also received the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. This is presented to an outstanding mentor in the robotics competition who best leads, inspires, teaches, and empowers their team using excellent communication skills. Click here to watch Mr. Duran receiving the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award.

We would like to thank students, staff, and sponsors for their efforts, dedication and contributions to helpg Team DRIFT represent our school and country:

Thanks to our Team DRIFT members:

Team DRIFT Captain: Nicolas Vasquez-Hazim
Hardware Co-Captains: Jean Christian and Bishara Kawas
Marketing Co-Captains: Maxine Vidal and Gregorio Torres
Software Captain: Jaime Ricart

Hardware Team: Andres Ginebra, Andres Shamis, Antonio Ramos, Indigo Knights, Manuel Alejandro Garcia Berges, Maurizio Hazoury, Monica Lopez, and Ricardo Ferrua
Marketing Team: Jose Alvarez and Paola Perez
Software Team: Jose Agramonte and Nicolas Lopez

Thanks to our Staff:

Angel Duran - Lead Mentor and Woodie Flowers Finalist Award winner
Pablo Herrera - Second Lead Mentor
Caonabo Aurelio Antonio - Hardware Mentor
Jabes Felix - Hardware Mentor
Ariel Pimentel - Hardware Mentor
Carlos Hidalgo - Hardware Mentor
John Rayworth - Software Mentor
Vielka Morales - Marketing Mentor
Reni Fenton - Chaperone
Kenneth A. Stafford - Support Mentor

Thanks to our Sponsors:

Bessa Caribe
Seguros Universal
Alvarez & Sanchez, S.A.
Esfera Verde
Asociación Popular de Ahorros y Préstamos
Castillo & Castillo
Servicios Financieros y de Mercados, S.A.
Blue Beach Punta Cana
Casa Del Artista
Familia Torres Raisbeck
Familia Castillo Bellapart

The FIRST program inspires students to learn, explore and be passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Our HS students on this team participated along with 47 other teams from the New York tri-state area, Brazil, Ecuador, India, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. They in turn inspire our younger students in our middle and elementary schools with demonstrations and presentations of the amazing work that they do.

Team DRIFT will be advancing to the global competition in Houston, Texas in mid-April 2017. We are very proud of Team DRIFT!