My fellow Roboteers,
I have come here to express my gratitude to those who have made the past VEX season possible. From the surprising success I encountered in my regional tournaments to winning the world championship with 7258A and 8192D, the 2016-2017 Starstruck season was the best in all of my time in VEX. It was certainly one of the best years of my life. Along the way, I have made countless unforgettable memories and forged numerous incredible friendships. As my time as a high school VEX competitor has ended, it is only right that I thank all involved.
Thank you to my family for everything they have done to support me in my VEX journey. Thank you to my brother, Dylon Tjanaka, for sticking with me through the countless hours of building and the absurd number of tournaments. Thank you to my parents, who have guided and supported me.
Thank you to RECF and VEX Robotics for creating and organizing the VEX Robotics Competition. VRC is truly a world-class event.
Thank you to the event partners and volunteers who have made tournaments happen. Even after attending so many tournaments, it never ceases to amaze me how much work organizers put in to make every event run smoothly.
Thank you to the hundreds of teams I have played with and against. My experiences with you guys have been both enjoyable and educational. Of course, I offer a HUGE thank you to 7258A and 8192D. Winning worlds is no easy feat, and you guys were there to help me do it.
Finally, I thank YOU, the members of the VEX Forum. Though many of you may not realize it, you have all helped me in some way, directly or indirectly, in big ways and small ways. Whether I was looking for robot advice or rules clarification, you guys have always been there for me. In short, I am grateful for the sense of community you guys have always provided me.
As the old adage goes, all good things come to an end. Indeed, my high school VEX career has at last finished. I will carry the memories I have made with me throughout the rest of my life.
86868 THE RESISTANCE
P.S. I will continue to check the forum.