The competitive landscape in FIRST robotics continues to ratchet up as new programs emerge around the globe at an astounding rate, but FRC Team 2848, aka The All Sparks, aka Jesuit Dallas, has kept pace with the elite, solidifying its position as one of the top programs in the country. Although Jesuit’s alliance lost in the finals of the 2018 Dallas Regional, the performance was enough to earn a wild card to the 2018 FIRST World Championships.
The All Sparks finished 8-1 in the qualifying matches of the tournament before captaining a three-team alliance through the quarter and semifinals. Jesuit is set to compete at the Colorado Regional from March 21-24, but the pressure to perform is off now that the program has booked its ticket back to the World Championships.
“I'm amazed at the focus and determination of the boys,” remarked team mentor Debbie Barone. “Their perseverance is what earned them a spot at the World Championships in April.”
Jesuit Dallas robotics has the distinction of capturing every technical award offered through FIRST, and the team added to its cache of hardware by winning the Industrial Design Award for the second time, which celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine. Additionally, junior Noah Santoni became the second consecutive Jesuit student to win the Dean’s List Finalist Award, which is presented to just one male and one female competitor in the region. Barone was also recognized for mentoring the team to another impressive run, and was named recipient of the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award.
Winning the FIRST World Championship in front of over 20,000 spectators in 2014, Jesuit Dallas nearly repeated as world champions last year before falling in the semifinals. The team is once again set to face off against more than 12,000 students from around the globe from April 18-21 in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center and Minute Maid Park.