2019 Championship Chairman’s Award, Hall of Fame

4-H Exploding Bacon Robotics Team 1902 was honored with the 2019 Championship Chairman’s Award, the award given to the team that best embodies the values of FIRST and who serves as a role model for other teams to follow. 

Our Chairman’s Award winning presentation:

Presentation Video

Team Video

The Allaire Medal – Leadership Exemplified

The Allaire Medal recognizes leadership exemplified and is awarded to a student(s) on the team selected as the Chairman’s Awarded team. Named in honor of Paul A. Allaire, a long-serving FIRST Chairman of the Board, the Allaire Medal is given to the student(s) who has demonstrated outstanding leadership on his/her FIRST team, within his/her school and community and whose personal character best embodies the spirit of FIRST.

Ruhi Lankalapalli
Under Ruhi’s leadership, the team was awarded 4 Regional Chairman’s Awards, 2 Chairman’s Finalist awards and the 2019 Houston World Championship Chairman’s Award.

Robert Wood
With Robert’s contributions and commitment, the team was awarded 3 Regional Chairman’s Awards, 2 Chairman’s Finalist awards and the 2019 Houston World Championship Chairman’s Award.

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What is the Chairman’s Award

The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the mission of FIRST. It was created to keep the central focus of FIRST Robotics Competition on the ultimate goal of transforming the culture in ways that will inspire greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology, as well as encouraging more of today’s youth to become science and technology leaders.

The Chairman’s Award is presented to the team judged to best exemplify the true meaning of FIRST through measurable impact on participants, school, and community at large with emphasis on promoting science and technology through FIRST programs.

The criterion for the Chairman’s Award has special emphasis on recent accomplishments within the last  five years. The judges focus on teams’ activities over a sustained period, as distinguished from just the robot design and build period.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is not about machines; it is about the experience of people working together toward a shared goal. Documenting and preserving your team’s FIRST experience becomes an important component of the over-all FIRST experience.