–by AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: March 05, 2019

Back Row L to R: Coach Tom Burnworth, Adam Burnworth, Ryan Brown, Andrew Megeath, all three Northview students and Coach Crystal Burnworth; Front Row L to R: Alison Henderly, Anthony Wayne Schools, Maddilynn Henderly, Northview, Danielle Sun and Kavita Parikh of Ottawa Hills.

Recently, Next Nova, FIRST Tech Challenge team 11302 in robotics, from the Sylvania STEM Center competed at the Ohio FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship in Cincinnati. This remarkable team not only won the prestigious “Connect Award” but also earned a spot to compete at the World Championship that will take place in Detroit, Mich. April 25 to 27.
Next Nova’s team members include Adam Burnworth, Kavita Parikh, Danielle Sun, Andrew Megeath, Ryan Brown, Alison Henderly and Maddilynn Henderly.
In order to attend the state competition, Next Nova won Second Place Inspire in a qualifying tournament in December. The team spent countless hours reaching out to the community, local engineers and local universities as they continued to gather information and consult with experts in the field so they could become a more comprehensive team. This team is “more than robots,” as Dean Kamen, inventor, engineer and founder of the FIRST program said.
In addition, engineering mentor, Jessica Bollin-Smith nominated two members as FIRST Tech Dean’s List candidates, acknowledging their leadership and guidance to the team. Kavita Parikh, one of the captains and a sophomore at Ottawa Hills High School, is a semi-finalist and did very well in her Dean’s List interview. Adam Burnworth, lead captain and a junior at Sylvania Northview High School, was selected to be a finalist for Ohio and will also be competing for a Dean’s List Winner at the World competition. Adam is one of only 158 youth across the country chosen as finalists.
The Dean’s List recognizes the leadership and dedication of FIRST Tech Challenge’s most outstanding students. Since its introduction in 2010, the FIRST Dean’s List Award has attracted the attention of prestigious colleges and universities who desire to recruit FIRST Dean’s List students.