ABOUT US

Information on our leaders, our mentors, and our history.

OUR FIRST ®   

PRIORITY

The W.A.R. Lords are from Francis Parker School in San Diego, California. As part of our FIRST® involvement, we are dedicated to spreading our message on a national and international scale. We are determined to provide our team members with the skills they need to succeed in future STEM endeavors. 

 
 

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

One of our Team 2485's philosophies is to be "student led, mentor guided." This means that everything we do is student-driven. Our student leadership exists to manage our various projects, from the robot to outreach.

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SIMON

Build and Design Department Co-Head

SIMON

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KAIA

KAIA

Build and Design / WOW Department Co-Head

BUILD AND DESIGN

Matthew | Build Trainings Director

Drey | Manufacturing Director

Lou | Safety Captain

Relia | Quartermaster

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JAYNA

JAYNA

Software  Department Co-Head

ASHVEEN

ASHVEEN

Strategy Department Head

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MARK

Software  Department Co-Head

 MARK

SOFTWARE AND STRATEGY

Jack | Robot Code Director

Andrew | Control Systems Director

Bhagavan | Electrical Director

Adam | Strategy Training Director

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CHISATO

CHISATO

Business and Outreach/WOW Department Co-Head

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KAI

KAI

Business and Outreach Department Co-Head

BUSINESS AND OUTREACH

Addy | Awards Director

Hannah | WOW Internal Events Director

Sophia | WOW Local Outreach Director

Alisha | WOW External Communications Director

 

MENTORS

Our mentors come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and work to provide student members of Team 2485 with workforce-level advice and guidance, learned from their experiences, throughout our season.

RYAN GRIGGS

Head Faculty Mentor

RYAN GRIGGS

"I’m the Francis Parker Robotics Coordinator and the faculty member responsible for the inception of Team 2485 in 2008. I’m responsible for maintaining and growing Francis Parker Robotics programs, especially those connected to FIRST®. I strive to give all members of our team the opportunity to be exceptional and seek to grow and inspire the next generation of technology leaders. I am blessed to be surrounded by remarkable people."

TOM WETHERALD

Build and Design Department Head Mentor

TOM WETHERALD

STUART BRITTON

Software and Strategy Department Head Mentor

STUART BRITTON

JAY GERMAN

Business and Outreach Department Head Mentor

JAY GERMAN

OTHER MENTORS

J.P. Pierce

Jim Reed

Robin Seay

Mike Maunu

Jimmy Chan

Stephanie Hszieh

Jason Khoury

Richard Lemoine

Karen Berglas

Rick Berglas

Denise Fujimoto-Britton

Stuart Britton

 

TEAM HISTORY

Since our rookie year, we have come quite far as a team. Our awards and accomplishments over the years can be found below.

2020*

Regional Gracious Professionalism Award

Regional Finalist

2019

Regional Hard Hat Award

Regional Engineering Inspiration Award

Regional Safety Award

Regional Chairman's Award

Champion Subdivision (Roebling) Finalist

2018

Regional Chairman's Award

Regional Engineering Inspiration Award

Regional Hard Hat Award

FIRST Dean's List Finalist Award

2017

Championship Hard Hat Safety Award

Championship Gracious Professionalism Award

Regional Chairman's Award
Regional Safety Award

2016

Regional Engineering Inspiration Award (x2)

Regional Hard Hat Award

Championship Industrial Design Award

2015

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award
Regional Innovation in Control Award
Regional Excellence in Engineering Award

2014

Regional Winner
Regional Finalist
Regional Excellence in Engineering Award
Woodie Flowers Finalist Award
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award
Regional Quality Award

2013

Regional Winner
Regional Finalist
Regional Excellence in Engineering Award
Regional Creativity Award

2012

Regional Imagery Award
Regional Quality Award

2011

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award
Regional Innovation in Control Award
Regional Excellence in Engineering Award

2021*

Industrial Design Award

*impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic