Our Leadership

Co-Captain - Ajitesh Kaladi

Ajitesh Kaladi, who goes by AJ, is a Junior at Glenelg High School and is the other Co-Captain of team 888. He works along with Jena to run meetings, ensure team wide communication, and represent the team at events. Since he is a Junior, he will have leadership experiencce to pass on after the seniors graduate. This allows him to bring leadership experience to the leadership team that is be elected the following year.

As a builder, AJ's favorite part of being on Team 888 is being able to solve real world problems and always keep improving on solutions that he and the team develop. He loves the challenges that building presents and the fact that the methods of solving a task is never finished and can always get better from year to year.

Last year, AJ was the Safety Captain, which gave him experience in working with communicating with others to be responsible and safe. He also is in a program at Glenelg High where he guides underclassmen and new students at Glenelg High as their mentors to ease their transition into high school. Ajitesh's goal for team 888 is to not just build a robot but to build skills in order to prepare us for the future.

You can contact AJ by email at ajiteshk14@gmail.com

Co-Captain -Jena Ialongo

Jena Ialongo is a Senior at Glenelg High School and a Co-Captain of team 888. As one of the Co-Captains, Jena helps leads and manages the robotics team. She facilitates meetings, writes proposals, seeks sponsors, and leads team discussions. She works alongside the other co-captain and the mentors in decision making as the student representative of the team. Jena holds a high responsibility as a team leader and knows that every decision she makes can impact the entire team.

Jena's goal for the 2019-2020 school year is to incorporate different interests into robotics. With interests in art, she has designed the team's 2018-2019 logo and painted a robotics mural with help from other students. She hopes to continue inspiring new members to create art that promotes robotics in a new and creative way.

You can contact Jena through her Email: jenaialongo@gmail.com

Build Lead - Derek Spratley

Derek Spratley's job is to manage subassembly team leaders in order to curate robot design and construction. He also leads and organizes meetings involving robot build and design topics. Derek works closely with the systems lead (Ryan) to communicate plans for electronics implementation and plans for robot functionality. He also oversees the CAD design for the robot and makes sure that subassembly teams document their work.

Derek's main goal for the team this year is to build a robot using efficient mechanisms that will help them qualify for the Wolrd Championship once again.

Outreach Lead - Charlie Tribble

Charlie Tribble is a Senior at Glenelg High School and leads the outreach division of the team. He organizes STEM and community service events and 'reaches out' to other robotics teams to develop and maintain professional relationships with them.

Charlie's goal for the team is to expand our outreach program until we are able to mentor all students before they enter high school. After learning STEM for their entire academic career, students could join FIRST robotics teams to further their STEM education and gain real-life experience.

Business Lead - Ethan Barajas

Ethan is a Junior at Glenelg High School and is beginning his second year on the team. Ethans's responsibilities include coordinating fundraising, helping to write the team budget, and overseeing the tasks of the treasurer.

Ethans's goal this year is to better manage the team's budget so that we spend money more efficiently. He also helps build the robot'd bumpers and wants to continue finding sponsors.

Systems Lead - Ryan Cather

Ryan is a Sophomore at Glenelg High School and the team's Systems Lead. This position means he oversees and manages the coding and wiring of the robot by keeping track of inputs and outputs, directing the coding and electrical teams, and helping approve the various components. It is also essential that he effectively communicates with the build lead in order for successful integration of mechanical and software systems.

Ryan's favorite part about robot is that it gives him the opportunity to learn new, interesting topics. Although he has taken computer science classes, robot given him the most real world experience in these fields. Robot also allows him to work on individual projects that him am passionate about.