FIRST Overdrive

Talon IX

2008 was Team 230's tenth year-and we were determined to make it our best. The Gaelhawks displayed unprecidented amounts of spirit, and the robot, Talon IX, was one of the best the team ever had.


The team competed in their home regional in Hartford, Connecticut, and planned to attend the championship competition in Atlanta, but a paperwork mix-up prevented that from happening. Instead, the team traveled down to New Orleans and competed there.

The season was kicked off well, with a prototype Talon IX winning the Suffield Shakedown scrimmage. A few short weeks later, the team was in Hartford. The robot performed amazingly, placing the team in 3rd by mid-Saturday and moving up to become the 2nd place alliance. Along with teams 1991 and 61, the Gaelhawks played their way to the finals, where Talon IX was pitted against team 1124, the Uberbots, and team 175, Buzz. Unfortunately, the alliance lost in the finals, but it was the best showing the Gaelhawks ever had.

Team Reunion

After the great showing in Connecticut, the team was hopeful for an even better performance in New Orleans. Unfortunately, the robot suffered from technical problems during several matches, landing the team in 6th place instead. Team 230 was picked by the 5th place alliance, and unfortunately lost in the quarter-finals. However, the New Orleans trip was not all about the competition. While there, the team took the opportunity to help with the reconstruction efforts, aiding the Hands for Hope program rather than attending the practice rounds of the competition

The off-season was just as exciting as the competitions themselves. Shortly after school ended, the Gaelhawks attended and won the 1st ever "Where's Wolcott" regional. In July, the team ran a 10-year reunion, allowing team members from the past and present to meet up and share an evening of memories together.





2008 Events

         UTC Connecticut Regional - Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford CT March 13-15, 2008

o   Regional Finalist

o   Webcast provided curtesy of Team 230

         Bayou Regional - Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA March 27-29, 2008

o   Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award Winner

o   Quarter-finalist

o   Webcast provided curtesy of Team 230


Team Awards

         Founder's Award - Mr. Keith Simons 

         Talon Award - Jay Monahan

         Unsung Hero Award - Sam Hopkins / Emily Spoldi

         Spirit Award - Nicole Misencik

         Rookie All-Star - LeeAnn Misencik / Kelli Freer

         Engineering Inspiration - TJ Lipscomb

         Volunteer of the Year - MaryLou Barnstien

         Volunteer of the Decade Rick Vogl

         Engineers' Scholar - Jay Monahan


Community Events

         Team 230 Mentoring of Shelton Intermediate FLL Team, the Thundering Tigers, Shelton High School, Shelton, CT September thru December, 2007

         Team 230 Sponsored Trip to Mohegan Sun October 21, 2007

         FLL Bridgeport Qualifying Event - FIRST Lego League Connecticut State Qualify Event hosted by Team 230 - University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT December 1, 2007

         Gaelhawks Dinner& Auction - Shelton High School, Shelton, CT December 7, 2007

         Gaelhawks Silent Auction - Shelton High School, Shelton, CT December 18, 2007

         Team 230 & Team 558 FRC Mentor Sharing - Shelton High School & Hill Regional Career High School - Build Season 2008

         NREF -National Robotics Education Foundation Participants - Team 230 & the SIS FLL Team Tundering Tigers - 2008

         Penguin Plunge - support for the CT Special Olympics March 8, 2008

         Hands of Hope - Hurricane Katrina home rebuilding - New Orleans, LA March 27, 2008

         2007 - 2008 National Science Decathlon - University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT April 5, 2008

         Bruce Museum Robotics Exhibit - Team 558 ehibiting with help from Team 230 team members - Bruce Mueum, Greenwich, CT April 20, 2008

         FIRST & GSA Design & Discovery Day Government Center Building, Stamford, CT May 31, 2008

        Team 230 picnic, Miscenik Residence, Shelton, CT June 6, 2008

         Special Olympics of Connecticut - Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT June 6-9, 2008

         Relay for Life - The Riverwalk, Shelton, CT June 7-8, 2008

         Team 230 Ten Year Reunion - Stone Barn Restaurant. Monroe, CT July 19, 2008

         Read Across America A reading incentive program for Elementary Schools

         Adopt-a-Family Providing Christmas to local families in need

         Shelton Food Bank Soliciting donations of canned goods and non-perishables for local families in need


Off-Season Competitions

         9th Annual Bash@theBeach - Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, Old Lyme, CT October 13, 2007

         Suffield Shakedown Suffield High School, Suffield, CT February 16, 2008 - Champions

   o   Champions

   o   Webcast provided curtesy of Team 230

         BattleCry9 @ WPI - WPI Harrington Auditorium, Worcester, MA May 9-10, 2008

   o   Semi-finalist

         1st Annual Where Is Wolcott Invitational - Tyrrell Middle School, Wolcott, CT June 14, 2008

   o   Champions



Students                           Teachers

Jose Alvarado                    Tracey Hussey

Richie Arellano                  John Niski

Ben Barnstien                    Joe Raiola

Kyle Chen                           Lou Schmecker

Chelsea Cox                       Helen Scully

Aaron Egensteiner             Kerry Taylor

Lindsey Evans

Kelli Freer                           Engineers

Sam Hopkins                      Dale Bailey Jr.

Thomas Keegan                 Tom Farrelly

Daniel Lavigne                   John Gomes

Lisa Lawrence                    Sam Keegan

TJ Lipscomb                        Steven Kline

Brian Lundberg                  Robert Lundberg

Stephen Manke                 John Miller

Ed McCann                        Tom Misencik

Stephen Miller                  Laura Spoldi

Leann Misencik                 Richard Vogl

Nicole Misencik                 Paul Zito

Tommy Misencik

Priya Mohan                      Parents

Jay Monahan                     Jim Hopkins

Jonathan  Niedzwiecki      Jim & Lois Ricker

Jordan  Piscitelli                Patricia Turco

Amy Ricker                        Philip & Danielle Niedzwiecki

Emily Spoldi                       Ravindra & Nagamani Yarlagadda

Sarah Stroud                      Richard Arellano

Robert Sura                       Robert Freer

Joe Turco                           Roseanne Misencik

Joevito Villaluz                  Ted and Susan Lipscomb

Caitlin Visci                       Warren & Leslie Egensteiner

Karthik Yarlagadda            Mary Lou Barnstien