Carmel Catholic High School robotics team wins world championship

Carmel Catholic Communications Team
Updated 5/1/2019 11:24 AM

Carmel Catholic High School is proud to announce the world championship success of N.Y.A.N. Robotics, a Carmel Catholic High School Varsity Robotics Team, that had a long successful season, advancing from division/regional playoffs and the Illinois state championship, ultimately to the world championship this past week.

N.Y.A.N. Robotics 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, putting their innovation skills to the test.


There were 7,000 FTC teams competing this season around the world, with 193 teams from Illinois alone. The world championship was made up of 160 teams from around the world who advanced there, separated into two 80-team divisions.

Over the span of three days, N.Y.A.N. won eight out of its nine matches. On the 4th day, after advancing to and then winning the semi-finals and finals of their division, N.Y.A.N. and their alliance partners competed in the championship bout at Ford Field in front of tens of thousands, where they played best-of-three against the alliance partners that won the finals of the other 80-team division and ultimately won.

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 and Illinois on the map for robotics, as an Illinois team has never won this event.

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.

Located in Mundelein, Illinois, Carmel Catholic High School is a Catholic, college preparatory school for young men and women in grades 9 through 12. Carmel Catholic is committed to meeting the academic, physical, social and spiritual needs of the students it serves. Carmel Catholic is a four-time recipient of the prestigious Blue Ribbon School award by the U.S. Department of Education. The school enrolls approximately 1,150 students each year. Learn more at

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