Spectrum’s Stellar Season

Chris DeMoor ’22 (Strake Jesuit) and Janet Garcia ’22 (St. Agnes)

Spectrum 3847, the St. Agnes and Strake Jesuit Engineering team, has had their most successful season in team history. 

In the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), engineering excellence and community impact are key to competing. In recognition of Spectrum’s success in these areas, the team was awarded the Quality Award at the Dripping Springs District Event, reflecting the robot’s robustness in concept and execution. 

The team was also awarded the Gracious Professionalism Award, which recognizes the success of teams in developing strong partnerships with their community and others, at four different events, including at the highest possible level, the FRC World Championship. 

When it comes to direct robot play, Spectrum climbed to new heights. The team won two district events—FIRST in Texas Dripping Springs and FIRST in Texas Pasadena #1. With two district wins, the team advanced to the FRC State Championships.

“Spectrum was a family that taught me the value of hard work, ingenuity, and cookies,” Mason Abrell ’22 said.  

Composed of the top 80 teams from across the region of Texas and New Mexico, the State Championship was an incredibly competitive field. Coming out as the Mercury Division Winner and State Championship Finalist, Spectrum earned the third rank in the state of Texas and qualified for the FRC World Championship.

 The Championship, held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, consisted of over 450 teams from across the world. Placed in the Newton Division, Spectrum earned an alliance spot and made it to the quarterfinals. As one of the 23 teams from Texas represented in the Championship, Spectrum is proud of their accomplishments and looks forward to another rewarding season.