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Letter: Garden City Robotics League Wrapup

The Garden City Robotics League (GCRL) held its End of Year Celebration on Wednesday evening, April 24 at the Garden City Presbyterian Church. The event was a success. We wanted the children to celebrate their first season and honor their hard work. We also wanted to share what we learned with the greater community, a key Core Value of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) program (us We accomplished all of those goals beautifully. It took many dedicated, interested, and generous adults to achieve that success. I would like to thank them. 

Our GCRL Coaches: Ken Ambach, Eileen Ambach, Constantine Stamidis, Emily Arnone, Melissa Jaeger, Danielle Gaudio-Lalehzar, Patrick Treanor, Martha Yasso, Suzy Dorney, Peter Arianas, James Lynch, Alex Kin, Kim DeMaro, Steve Giammona, and Brian Sanguyu.   

GCRL parents who managed the money, public relations, details and equipment: Eileen Ambach, Maria Arianas, Kim DeMaro, Martha Yasso, Melissa Jaeger, Danielle Gaudio-Lalehzar and Danielle Genova.

Pastor Wanda Lawry-Hughes of the Garden City Presbyterian Church for the generous use of her church’s space for our meetings and her encouragement, mentoring and support. 

These are all hard working people of integrity who got very involved, and made this season happen. They modeled the FIRST Core Values for our children—Gracious professionalism, coopertition, sharing what you know, mentoring, and most of all, having fun.

Our guest speakers, supporters and donors: Assemblyman Ed Ra, Councilman Edward Ambrosino, Assistant Superintendent Teresa Prendergast, Cradle of Aviation Museum Executive Director Andy Parton, SPBLI Representatives Rick Ramhap and Stephanie Stern, Garden City Agate Director Kathie Wysocki, Covert Avenue Chase Bank Branch Manager Karren Palermo, mentor Ed Lancevich, supportive parents Ellen Subramaniam, Alena Bubniak, Maureen Bauer, Stacy Stankey, and Brian Ross, Floral Park FLL coaches Cindy Casson and Dr. Lynn Pombonyo. 

The continued interest, words of encouragement, support, and inspiration from these folks went a long way with the children, their parents, and coaches. I thank them for their time and support of STEM (Science, Technology, Enginering, Mathematics) programs for our community’s children.  

It is exhilarating and inspiring to be a part of something good. To work with well-intentioned people who share the same goal: to build something special and lasting for our children— that is priceless. Thank you.

Trish Lynch

Garden City Robotics League