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Press Release

Release Date: May 15, 2008

by Brooke Tidwell



  • Team mentors include Jim Lawson, Motorcycle Parts; Stan Townsend, Parson Engineering; Rhonda Medcalf, Ada High School; Lisa Thompson, Ada High School; Ty Moore, Pontotoc Technology Center; John Impson, Vanoss High School; Larry Cheatwood, Vanoss High School; Robbie Hatton, Hatton Enterprise; Chickasaw Nation mentors Marilyn Coltz, Louise Shields and Brian Rumburg; and Chickasaw Nation Division of Education team leaders Lisa John, Lori Hamilton, Amber Fox, Lynne Chatfield and Callie Roebuck.

  • Senator Susan Paddack stands before the senate chamber while introducing team members of Metal Mayhem Tuesday, May 13 at the State Capitol.

Oklahoma Senator Susan Paddack recognized Metal Mayhem during the second session of the 51st Legislature Tuesday, May 13 at the State Capitol. The team was recognized for their accomplishments, hard work and dedication in their involvement with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics.

Senator Paddack and the State Senate congratulated Metal Mayhem for receiving Regional and National Rookie All Star Awards through FIRST Robotics. The team and sponsors were presented with certificates of congratulations.

"We are so proud of what the students and mentors of Metal Mayhem have accomplished this year," said Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. "The knowledge and experience Metal Mayhem has gained from FIRST Robotics has made a great impression in the community and statewide."

Metal Mayhem is sponsored by the Chickasaw Nation and the Pontotoc Technology Center and consists of students and mentors from Ada area schools and businesses. Students and mentors completed a six-week robotics project that involved designing and building a robot, creating a website, participating in community service projects, creating team publicity and competing in FIRST Robotics regional and national competitions.

Metal Mayhem team members include Ada High School students Troy Norred, Matthew Beasley, Matthew Wright, Amber Huffman, Laura Medcalf, Candace Williams, Nikki Stepps, Darryl Mosier, Destiny Clark, Ryan Abbott, Anna Townsend and team leader Zac Dennis; Byng High School students Garrett Thompson, Becca Sallee and Nathan Enns; Latta High School and Pontotoc Tech Center students Jeremy Wingard and Phillip Vogt; Stratford High School student Ethan Priddy; Tishomingo High School student Jacob Pittman and Vanoss High School students Jessica Nail, Destiny Hatton, Tosha Taylor and Whitney Mowles.

Team mentors include Jim Lawson, Motorcycle Parts; Stan Townsend, Parson Engineering; Rhonda Medcalf, Ada High School; Lisa Thompson, Ada High School; Ty Moore, Pontotoc Technology Center; John Impson, Vanoss High School; Larry Cheatwood, Vanoss High School; Robbie Hatton, Hatton Enterprise; Chickasaw Nation mentors Marilyn Coltz, Louise Shields and Brian Rumburg; and Chickasaw Nation Division of Education team leaders Lisa John, Lori Hamilton, Amber Fox, Lynne Chatfield and Callie Roebuck.

Metal Mayhem was formed through a national organization called FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs. Through the FIRST Robotics program, students gain engineering and technology skills, inspire innovation and develop self-confidence, communication and leadership skills.

For more information about Metal Mayhem, visit http://www.metalmayhem2352.com/ or contact the STM Academy staff at 580-272-5579 or by email at STMprogram@chickasaw.net.