10 Reasons to Join MORE Robotics
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Ten Reasons to Join MORE Robotics at St. Thomas More

By Izzy Boudnik (STM ’17)

1. You are a freshman and want more people to hang out with. We’ve all been there. Maybe you came to STM not knowing anybody. When you meet for robotics every day, sometimes until midnight, you get to know people pretty fast. FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) friends are for life.


2. You really want to join a club that travels…but sports aren’t your thing. Although there is no reason you can’t join robotics if you are athletic, lots of students tend to enjoy things that aren’t gym class. We travel to at least two regional competitions each year, and even the World Championships if we are lucky. Yes, you do get to miss school for competitions; which is a blessing or a curse depending on how you see it.

3. Our uniforms are super fashionable. Have you seen them? Who doesn’t want to wear mechanics shirts and safety glasses?!

4. We have food. During build season in January and February, we meet on Saturdays and have a delicious team/family dinner. Pro tip: go for dessert first. Sometimes it is gone before everyone gets through the line!

5. College is on your horizon. At literally any college, FRC is a resume booster. Whether you want to go to MSOE, Harvard, or MIT (all colleges/universities that our team alumni have gone to), robotics will help you get there. Each year, FIRST gives out millions of dollars in scholarships only for FIRST students.

6. Building the Iron Man suit is your dream. Being Tony Stark isn’t just for the movies anymore. The machines we get to design, build, and compete with are just as complex as any movie gadget (without special effects!). Plus, even Tony Stark had to get his experience somewhere, right?

7. Completing service hours is a cake-walk. We are a year round team, so our work doesn’t stop when the season is over. During the summer and early fall we do lots of awesome community service that can count for your school required hours, National Honor Society, and other clubs.

8. You get to meet people you would have never met before. At last year’s World Championship, 39 countries were represented by FRC teams. How else would you get to meet someone from Israel or Chile while in high school? Plus, there are always VIP guests and representatives from sponsor companies like Boeing or Rockwell Automation that serve as great career connections.

9. There is a job for everyone. If you don’t consider yourself a “techie” there are still plenty of opportunities on the team. Writing essays for awards, producing videos, and giving presentations are all things that have to be done in addition to building a robot.

10. You might discover a career or something about yourself you never knew about before. If you aren’t exposed to certain things, you’ll never know you are good at them. Maybe you can apply your love for art to designing a drive train, or maybe your video game skills could allow you to be the best robot driver on the team. You’ll never know until you try!


Izzy has been a member of 1714 MORE Robotics since she was a freshman at STM. In addition to her stellar academic performance at STM and within MORE Robotics, Izzy was one of two people to receive the Dean’s List award at last year’s regional competitions in Duluth, Minnesota. She was nominated by her team and the award recognizes her dedication and leadership to MORE Robotics and FIRST.
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Congratulations to juniors Melanie, Katie, and Josie and senior Marissa on earning All-Conference recognition for volleyball this year!

Additionally, two STM players from our boys volleyball co-op with South Milwaukee High School earned All-Conference recognition. Tyler Adams earned Second Team All-Conference Honors. As team captain and setter, Tyler led the team in assists (464), aces (36), and hitting percentage (0.374) for the season. He finished in the top ten in the state for assists.

Tony Czajka earned First Team All-Conference Honors. As the other team captain and outside hitter, Tony led the team in kills (267) and digs (187) for the season. He finished in the top ten in the state for kills. He was voted First Team All-Conference by all of the Woodland Conference coaches and voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates.

Way to go, volleyball players! Stay tuned for more news on our fall sports accomplishments.
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Father Christopher (TM '95) visited Lumen Christi yesterday! Read the full post below.

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Today our second grade students welcomed Father Christopher Klusman into their classroom. Father Christopher is the Chaplain at St. Thomas More High School, and is one of only 13 deaf priests in the world. The students learned a lot about Father Christopher's experience as a deaf child and priest. They also shared with him their "Hail Mary" song which they have been learning to sign for both the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and their First Communion.
Read more about Fr. Christopher at archive.jsonline.com/news/religion/127716843.html. It was truly a blessing to have him share his story with our students. See the comments for some pics from the visit.
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Support STM this #GivingTuesday! On Tuesday, November 27, STM will join the global non-profit community by participating in Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving. Because of your support for last year’s Giving Tuesday campaign, STM was able to purchase interactive Smart Boards for each of our classrooms, and this year, we are asking for your support to upgrade technology in the Jerry Huennekens Gymnasium. For this year’s campaign, STM is requesting donations to purchase a high-definition projector and large display screen for the gymnasium, drastically improving the quality of our all-school assemblies and Masses. As you can see in the video below from last week’s Veterans Day assembly, our out-of-date projector and small screen do not match the high caliber of our speaker system or the size of our typical audience. Will you support STM this #GivingTuesday, helping us raise at least $6,300 for these much-needed improvements? ... See MoreSee Less

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St. Thomas More High School
2601 East Morgan Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Phone: (414) 481-8370
Fax: (414) 481-3382
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