Excel employees are giving back! We’re excited to present the Fondy Food Pantry with over $2,135 in monetary and food donations this week thanks to the gracious contributions we have received from employees over the last month. Wishing you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving weekend!
Last Saturday, the Excel sponsored North Fondy VEX Robotics team participated in a competition at Xavier High School in Appleton.
Below are the results from that event. Way to go, North Fondy VEX Robotics!
High School Teams:
1032A: Team Austin Hamer, Michael Zagar, and Matthew Miller. (Freshmen): This team ranked 11th out of 39 teams, the highest of all 5 of our teams, and went on to compete in the semifinals as the 7th alliance. They had an awesome start to the year and I’m confident they will be a team other teams will be watching throughout the year.
1032B: Austin Bonlender, Justin Newhouse, Chad Maramonte, and Johnny Knowlton. (Seniors): These guys put North Fond Du Lac on the map this year. They placed 16th in the overall competition and moved into the 3rd alliance in the quarter finals and made it through the semi-finals all the way into the finals. The have already earned a place in the High School State Championship on their First Competition of the year. The brought home the first “Competition Finalist” trophy, this robotics club has seen in at least 3 years and possibly the first ever for the program. Way to go guys!!!
Middle School Teams (Most of these kids are in 6th grade and they have been in robotics a total of 2 months and this was their first competition):
1032C: Hunter Hamer, Taylor Schumacher, Bryce Barber, and Riley Meyer. These boys held their own. Unfortunately their robot was not 100% complete for this competition, but still managed to place 34/39. They learned alot and have already begun making plans to improve.
1021M: Aiden Benson, Esther Jung, Malachi Benzel, and Nick Cohen. This team made me proud. Their robot drove flawlessly, and they were a big benefit to other teams, which proved their skills. Unfortunately one of their most advantageous functions, autonomous mode, didn’t work throughout the entire competition. They still placed 25/39 teams. This competition was an open competition where middle school competed against high school, and they were no doubt one of the leaders of all the middle school teams.
1021T: Jessie Dietenberger, Jacob Schallart, Joey Schmitz, Wade Maramonte, and Reid Billings. These guys built the coolest highly talked about Catapult. Similar to the robot in the movie “The Sandlot” It functioned flawlessly the week leading up to the competition, but unfortunately on Saturday it developed some fairly major complications, that we really didn’t get fixed until the last match. This placed them 39/39. They all held their heads high and had a blast.
The next few weeks we will be improving the robots, and working hard to get teams 1021S and 1021R ready for the December 12th competition.
On Tuesday, October 27th Excel was honored with the Business of the Year award at Marian University’s 34th Annual Business and Industry Awards.
The Business of the Year Award is given to a public or private company that is a leader and innovator in its field of endeavor. The Business of the Year sees building long-term relationships as more important than individual sales of products or services. Businesses of the the Year are known for taking successful risks in meeting customer and market needs and in growing their companies, even far beyond (in terms of geography, scope or products or services) where the company originated. Business of the Year also are well known for their contributions to the economy and their communities.
We are honored to have received this award!
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