|Club||Marty Van der Heide||Cascadilla Boat Club||Ithaca||NY|
|High School||Antonio Sirianni|
|Secondary Positions||Prt, Scl|
|Best Time (mm:ss.s)||1:27.4||6:36.7||17:32.5||-||-||-||-|
|Bench Press (max)||Wingspan||Years rowing|
Team captain 2016-17
Fall 2016 Lift Bridge Regatta 1st Place Men's 1V
Involvement in my high school robotics team over the last three years has been a very rewarding personal endeavor, fostering my love of engineering, innovation, problem-solving, and teamwork. As part of this team, we have received the following honors:
2016 Invited to FIRST World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri
2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Winner, Finger Lakes Regional
2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Winner, Engineering Inspiration Award
2014 Attended FIRST World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri
2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Winner, Buckeye Regional
2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Winner, Innovation in Control Award
I have two primary criteria for considering universities: 1. top engineering programs, 2. competitive rowing programs. I am only considering universities that offer both, and any opportunity to connect ahead with coaches is a huge help.
Participation and leadership in Code Red Robotics (a STEM program at IHS) for two years. Our team won regional champions in 2014 and again in spring 2016, and earned a position at worlds both years. This year I held the position of senior machinist, and am training to be head machinist in 2017. This commitment requires 5 hours after school every day, and all day Saturday during build season (2 months) and has required me to be especially mindful, creative, and adept at prioritizing my pursuits. For me it's clear: #1: Engineering, #1:Rowing
Something my parents always say they admire about me is my ability to "manage multiple commitments without stress." The truth is, I do things I love because I truly love them, not to get a better grade. This is something I learned in grade school and has become a part of my personality. I pursue my passions, and for me, rowing, engineering, and playing drums are my passions. All of these pursuits take time and I have learned how to prioritize and manage my time so there is sufficient time for what's most important. It is a constant balancing act.
My mom directs a nonprofit and she often calls me into service in a variety of ways. Over the past 5 years I have donated at least 100 hours in volunteer service to the Ithaca Children's Garden. I feel I always learn something through service and feel good about my contributions to the greater good.
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