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Carmel’s Robotics Team Named World Champions

Carmel Catholic High School is proud to announce the world championship success of its Varsity Robotics Team, N.Y.A.N. Robotics, who competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) at the annual FIRST Championship in Detroit, Michigan. More than 17,000 students (ages 6-18) from 37 countries took part in the competition designed to showcase innovation. Carmel’s N.A.Y.N Robotics Team enjoyed a long successful competitive season, advancing from division/regional playoffs, then to the Illinois state championship, culminating to the world championship.

Mayor Steve Lentz and the Board of Trustees applauds Carmel’s N.Y.A.N Robotics Team for earning World Championship status and for representing Mundelein on the world stage.

At the event, 7,000 FTC teams competed from around the world, with 193 teams representing Illinois alone. The world championship was made up of 160 teams from around the world that advanced to that level, and were then separated into two 80-team divisions.

Over the span of three days, Carmel’s N.Y.A.N. team won eight out of its nine matches. On the fourth day of competition, after advancing to and then winning the semi-finals and the finals of their division, N.Y.A.N. and their alliance partners, competed in the championship session at Ford Field in front of tens of thousands, where they played the best-of-three against the alliance partners. Carmel ultimately won the finals of the other 80-team division and ultimately won the entire World Championship!

According to Carmel representatives, “N.Y.A.N. competed at the highest level and was standing on the champion's podium as a result of their great effort. Their world championship winning alliance included teams from Vincetown, N.J. and Hollis, N.H. They put Mundelein, Carmel Catholic High School, and the State of Illinois on the map for robotics, as an Illinois team has never won this event prior to this year.”

The world championship N.Y.A.N. team consists of: Ricky Blaha '19, Terri Brinkman '20, Brendan Collins '20, Tommy Donahoe '19, Andrew Frels '20, Ben Geoffroy '20, Owen Kompare '19, Allen Mons '20, Meghan Novak '20, Szymon Slowinski '20, Coach Brian Donahoe '83, and Assistant Coach Debbie Donahoe.

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