Martinsville, VA – April 18, 2024 – STAGS Team 1262, New College Institute’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, proudly announces the successful conclusion of its 2024 competitive season. The team showcased exceptional talent, dedication, and innovation throughout the season, culminating in a series of remarkable achievements.

The STAGS ranked 35th in the FIRST Chesapeake District out of 109 competing teams this season from across Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. This is a significant increase compared to the 2023 season where they placed 59th.

The STAGS competed in two regular season competitions this season: Blacksburg, VA from March 1 – 3, 2024, and Glen Allen, VA, from March 15 – 17, 2024. They were awarded the Team Spirit Award and Safety Award in Blacksburg, and they were awarded the Gracious Professionalism Award in Glen Allen.

FIRST Robotics describes these awards as follows:

The Team Spirit Award “celebrates extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnership and teamwork furthering the objectives of FIRST.”

The Gracious Professionalism Award “celebrates outstanding demonstration of FIRST Core Values such as continuous Gracious Professionalism and working together both on and off the playing field.”

The Safety Award “recognizes the safety practices, training, and achievements on and off the field.”

The STAGS ended their season by competing in the FIRST Chesapeake FIRST Robotics Competition District Championship in Chesapeake, VA from April 3 – 5, 2024, and finished 29th out of 55 teams.

Message from STAGS Team 1262 Head Mentor, Trevor Martin:

“My first season as Head Mentor for the STAGS has been incredible. This team, comprised of 87% rookie members, learned and executed the skills necessary to build a robot competitive enough for District Championships, all in less than 8 weeks. Each student has put in extraordinary amounts of time and effort this season and I am very proud of all of them. I’d like to thank my students, their families, our sponsors, and our host organizations for giving me the opportunity to work with this wonderful group. Always remember, FEAR THE DEER!”

STAGS Team 1262 consists of 15 high school students from across the region:

Adam Aguilar Jr. – Martinsville High School – 11th Grade
Aidan Amos – Home School
Charley Amos – Home School
Jordan Draper – Martinsville High School – 10th Grade
Evan Hodges – Bassett High School – 9th Grade
Jonas Hollingsworth – Home School
Aidan Hood – Martinsville High School – 11th Grade
William Morrison – Magna Vista High School – 12th Grade
Jun Olea – Martinsville High School – 10th Grade
Elijah Pickett – Martinsville High School – 12th Grade
Alan Sanchez-Garcia – Bassett High School – 9th Grade
Jeras Travis – Magna Vista High School – 10th Grade
Abigail Walton – Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School – 8th Grade
Ronald Walton – Bassett High School – 9th Grade
Connor Wotring – Magna Vista High School – 9th Grade

The STAGS has two graduating seniors this year, Elijah Pickett and William Morrison, and we are excited to see them continue their education in STEM.

Elijah Pickett: “I plan to attend Virginia Tech to obtain a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I have been with the STAGS for 5 years, and through the program, I have learned how to design, prototype, and build robots, something that I never would have seen myself doing beforehand. I have also had the opportunity to meet with people from all over the state at both competitions and through visits from members of the VA government, even meeting Governor Glenn Youngkin.”

William Morrison: “I plan to attend Virginia Tech to further study Mechanical Engineering. I have gained a lot of experience through robotics, such as learning CAD, a basic understanding of CNC, learning about machines, and a whole variety of tools and even meeting Governor Glenn Youngkin. With the help of robotics and “The STAGS,” I now have the opportunity to pursue my dreams and have a chance to make the world a better place.”

For more information on STAGS Team 1262, please visit We are now recruiting for students and mentors for the 2025 season. Thanks to grants and sponsorships, participation on the team is FREE!

About New College Institute: New College Institute (NCI) is a premier educational institution located in Martinsville, Virginia. NCI offers a wide range of academic programs, professional development opportunities, and community engagement initiatives. The Institute is dedicated to empowering individuals and transforming communities through accessible, innovative, and high-quality educational opportunities.

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