Ben Nowotny, Grade 12
I am a Senior at Hortonville High School. This is my sixth season on the robotics team, and I look forward to helping lead the team and working on software for this year. I spent 2 years in FLL before this, and I still volunteer at FLL events as a referee. I enjoy working on math, robots, and software in my free time.
Kung Lee, Grade 11
I am a Junior at Hortonville High School and this is my third year on the team as a software member. In addition to being my third year in FTC, this will also be my eight year in FIRST. Joining the robotics team helped me learn a lot about the world of software engineering and development. I plan to use these skills from high school and apply them to future plans of being an engineer. However, outside of being a robotics member, I am a trumpet player for the high school jazz band and an ambitious video gamer.
Sarah Nowotny, Grade 10
I am a Sophomore at Hortonville High School. This is my 7th year in FIRST, with previous involvement in FLL. I was in FLL for 5 years before joining this team. I am a Mechanical Team member for Hortonville Robotics this year. I am really enjoying the build process for the robot this year. I plan to study Biomedical Engineering. Outside of robotics, I am a member of Band, Ukulele Band, and DECA. My hobbies include cooking, dance, Tae Kwon Do, sewing, and Scouting.
Ethan Diehl, Grade 11
I am currently a Junior at Hortonville High School. This is my second year in FIRST robotics, and I am a member of the Mechanical Team. I plan to pursue Automotive Engineering in college. Outside of robotics, I am a member of the Hortonville Soccer & Track teams as well as the Bowling Team. I enjoy playing in the high school band, bass guitar in jazz band, and both ukulele and bass ukulele in a variety of ukulele groups, racing during the summer, and skiing.
Grace Vanden Heuvel, Grade 10
I am a sophomore at Hortonville High School and this is my second year on the robotics team. This is also my second year doing stuff with FIRST. I really look forward to learning alongside team members as well as building lasting friendships. Outside of robotics, I am involved in several technology-related activities and am a strong advocate for women in technology. I am proud to have an internship with a local organization, NEW IT Alliance. I play for two jazz bands, help out middle school and community music groups, and enjoy helping out the school’s IT department in my free time. My future ambitions are to be a software engineer at a prestigious school.
Devyn Knecht, Grade 9
I am a freshman and this is my first year with the robotics team. I did FLL for 3 years. When I grow up I want to be an engineer so FTC is a good opportunity for me to grow my skills. Outside of FTC, I play on the high school soccer team.
Connor Hendrickon, Grade 11
I am currently a junior at Hortonville High School. This is my first year in First Tech Challenge, but I participated in FLL for 2 years in middle school. I am a mechanical team member this year. I plan on pursuing aerospace or mechanical engineering as a future career. I have learned a lot about mechanical design and development during my time on the robotics team. Outside of school I ski and play bass guitar.
Sam Mckee, Grade 10
I am a sophomore at Hortonville High School. This is my first season on the robotics team. I spent 1 year in FLL before this. I enjoy working on robots and software in my free time.
Katelyn Rudzinski, Grade 9
I am currently a freshman and this is my first year with the robotics team. Joining the robotics team will help me in the future with wanting to become an engineer. Being on the robotics team will help me with learning new mechanical skills. Outside of robotics, I am a Baritone player for the Hortonville High school jazz band. In my free time, I like to spend time with my dog and also listen to music.
Oliver Vanden Heuvel, Grade 7
I am currently a 7th Grader at Hortonville Middle school. This is my first year in FIRST robotics. I like to build and fix stuff so robotics has been a great opportunity for me. In this experience, I have learned so much about robotics and mechanical things as well. I will be able to use these skills to prepare for the future. Outside of robotics, I’m a member of the Middle school Jazz Band. In my free time, I enjoy biking and outdoor activities.
Coaches & Mentors
Rita Nowotny - Head Coach
Thomas Ellenbecker - Assistant Coach
Thomas Ellenbecker - Assistant Coach