2008 was Team 230’s tenth year-and we were determined to make it our best. The Gaelhawks displayed unprecidented amounts of spirit, and the robot, Talon IX, was one of the best the team ever had.

The team competed in their home regional in Hartford, Connecticut, and planned to attend the championship competition in Atlanta, but a paperwork mix-up prevented that from happening. Instead, the team traveled down to New Orleans and competed there.

The season was kicked off well, with a prototype Talon IX winning the Suffield Shakedown scrimmage. A few short weeks later, the team was in Hartford. The robot performed amazingly, placing the team in 3rd by mid-Saturday and moving up to become the 2nd place alliance. Along with teams 1991 and 61, the Gaelhawks played their way to the finals, where Talon IX was pitted against team 1124, the Uberbots, and team 175, Buzz. Unfortunately, the alliance lost in the finals, but it was the best showing the Gaelhawks ever had.

After the great showing in Connecticut, the team was hopeful for an even better performance in New Orleans. Unfortunately, the robot suffered from technical problems during several matches, landing the team in 6th place instead. Team 230 was picked by the 5th place alliance, and unfortunately lost in the quarter-finals. However, the New Orleans trip was not all about the competition. While there, the team took the opportunity to help with the reconstruction efforts, aiding the Hands for Hope program rather than attending the practice rounds of the competition

The off-season was just as exciting as the competitions themselves. Shortly after school ended, the Gaelhawks attended and won the 1st ever “Where’s Wolcott” regional. In July, the team ran a 10-year reunion, allowing team members from the past and present to meet up and share an evening of memories together.


Jose Alvarado Richie Arellano Ben Barnstien Kyle Chen
Chelsea Cox Aaron Egensteiner Lindsey Evans Kelli Freer
Sam Hopkins Thomas Keegan Daniel Lavigne Lisa Lawrence
TJ Lipscomb Brian Lundberg Stephen Manke Ed McCann
Stephen Miller Leann Misencik Nicole Misencik Tommy Misencik
Priya Mohan Jay Monahan Jonathan  Niedzwiecki Jordan  Piscitelli
Amy Ricker Emily Spoldi Sarah Stroud Robert Sura
Joe Turco Joevito Villaluz Caitlin Visci Karthik Yarlagadda


Tracey Hussey John Niski Joe Raiola Lou Schmecker
Helen Scully Kerry Taylor


Dale Bailey Jr. Tom Farrelly John Gomes Sam Keegan
Steven Kline Robert Lundberg John Miller Tom Misencik
Laura Spoldi Richard Vogl Paul Zito


Jim Hopkins Jim & Lois Ricker Patricia Turco Philip & Danielle Niedzwiecki
Ravindra & Nagamani Yarlagadda Richard Arellano Robert Freer Roseanne Misencik
Ted and Susan Lipscomb Warren & Leslie Egensteiner Mary Lou Barnstien

2008 Events

  • UTC Connecticut Regional – Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford CT March 13-15, 2008

o   Regional Finalist

o   Webcast provided courtesy of Team 230

  • Bayou Regional – Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA March 27-29, 2008

o   Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award Winner

o   Quarter-finalist

o   Webcast provided courtesy of Team 230


Team Awards

  • Founder’s Award – Mr. Keith Simons
  • Talon Award – Jay Monahan
  • Unsung Hero Award – Sam Hopkins / Emily Spoldi
  • Spirit Award – Nicole Misencik
  • Rookie All-Star – LeeAnn Misencik / Kelli Freer
  • Engineering Inspiration – TJ Lipscomb
  • Volunteer of the Year – MaryLou Barnstien
  • Volunteer of the Decade – Rick Vogl
  • Engineers’ Scholar – Jay Monahan

Community Events

  • Team 230 Mentoring of Shelton Intermediate FLL Team, the Thundering Tigers, Shelton High School, Shelton, CT September thru December, 2007
  • Team 230 Sponsored Trip to Mohegan Sun October 21, 2007
  • FLL Bridgeport Qualifying Event – FIRST Lego League Connecticut State Qualify Event hosted by Team 230 – University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT December 1, 2007
  • Gaelhawks Dinner& Auction – Shelton High School, Shelton, CT December 7, 2007
  • Gaelhawks Silent Auction – Shelton High School, Shelton, CT December 18, 2007
  • Team 230 & Team 558 FRC Mentor Sharing – Shelton High School & Hill Regional Career High School – Build Season 2008
  • NREF -National Robotics Education Foundation Participants – Team 230 & the SIS FLL Team Thundering Tigers – 2008
  • Penguin Plunge – support for the CT Special Olympics March 8, 2008
  • Hands of Hope – Hurricane Katrina home rebuilding – New Orleans, LA March 27, 2008
  • 2007 – 2008 National Science Decathlon – University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT April 5, 2008
  • Bruce Museum Robotics Exhibit – Team 558 exhibiting with help from Team 230 team members – Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT April 20, 2008
  • FIRST & GSA Design & Discovery Day Government Center Building, Stamford, CT May 31, 2008
  • Team 230 picnic, MiscenikResidence, Shelton, CT June 6, 2008
  • Special Olympics of Connecticut – Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT June 6-9, 2008
  • Relay for Life – The Riverwalk, Shelton, CT June 7-8, 2008
  • Team 230 Ten Year Reunion – Stone Barn Restaurant. Monroe, CT July 19, 2008
  • Read Across America – A reading incentive program for Elementary Schools
  • Adopt-a-Family – Providing Christmas to local families in need
  • Shelton Food Bank – Soliciting donations of canned goods and non-perishables for local families in need

Off-Season Competitions

  • 9th Annual Bash@theBeach – Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, Old Lyme, CT October 13, 2007
  • Suffield Shakedown – Suffield High School, Suffield, CT February 16, 2008 – Champions

o   Champions

   o   Webcast provided courtesy of Team 230

  • BattleCry9 @ WPI – WPI Harrington Auditorium, Worcester, MA May 9-10, 2008

   o   Semi-finalist

  • 1st Annual Where Is Wolcott Invitational – Tyrrell Middle School, Wolcott, CT June 14, 2008

   o   Champions

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