Mount robotics student wins national award

Maddie Smith, a senior at Mount Saint Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City, recently was named a FIRST Dean’s List winner.

“Maddie is so deserving of this incredible award! She is wanting to do big things in a future science career and has really been a leader for our program and for robotics in Oklahoma City,” Principal Talita DeNegri said.

The award was presented at the FIRST Class of Champions 2017 in Manchester, N.H. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) celebrated middle and high school students from around the world who have received the highest honors during the most recent FIRST season at the 2017 FIRST Class Festival of Champions.

“What we’re doing is way more important than a competition,” FIRST Founder Dean Kamen said at the event. “Most of the robots don’t win, but all of the students do.”

Kamen also encouraged the students to return home and get the rest of their communities involved in FIRST, “The world needs a generation of world-class problem solvers and leaders.”

The 2017 FIRST Class of Champions included students from Australia, Canada and 24 U.S. states.

Dean’s List Award recipients were recognized for their leadership skills, long-term commitment to FIRST ideals and effectiveness in increasing awareness of FIRST within their schools and communities.