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State Champions

UIL Robotics State Championships: BEST Division

2018 BEST Division Championships

November 29 - December 1 • Frisco Conference Center and Dr Pepper Arena - Frisco, TX

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BEST Event Committee

BEST of Texas Robotics
• Janne Ackerman, Executive Director
• Mary Helmick, Treasurer
• David Whitmire, Judge Coordinator & Logistics


Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science
• Anricka Ziller, Events Coordinator


Office of Research, Science and Engineering Education Center (SEEC)
• Iolani Connolly, Director, SEEC
• Patrick Michaud, Assistant Director for Robotics Education
• Alyssa Galganov, Graphics Design and Web Development


Class Act Creative, Inc.
• Kristine Schwope
• Sally Sammis

UIL Event Staff


• Dr. David Stevens, Director of Academics


• David Trussell, Director of STEM Activities


• Logan Lawrence, Media Coordinator

Tournament Officials

Name Company Title Championship Role
Anricka Ziller University of Texas at Dallas Special Events Coordinator Registration Lead
Bill Rock Raytheon Company Software Quality Engineer Field Co-Lead
David Kwast Lockheed Martin Systems Engineer Field Co-Lead
David Whitmire Raytheon Company Engineering Director (retired) Head Judge
Dick Weber, PE L-3 Mustang Technologies Principal Engineering Fellow (retired) Special Awards Lead
G. J. Snyder Fox Sports Director, Systems Operations Game Scoring Co-Lead
Garry Ackerman Raytheon Company Innovation Advocate (retired) Emcee (alternate)
Hubie Payne Texas Instruments Incorporated VP of Engineering Operations Emcee
Janne Ackerman BEST of Texas Robotics President and Exec. Director Asst. Game Boss
Jennifer Holm Texas Instruments Incorporated Design Engineer Staging / Pit Crew Lead
Joel Graber Texas Instruments Incorporated Sr. Member of Tech. Staff (retired)) Compliance Lead
Kathryn Whitmire Raytheon Company Systems Engineer Game Scoring Co-Lead
Mary Gorley Texas Instruments Incorporated Quality Volunteer Hospitality Lead
Mary Helmick Texas Instruments Incorporated Director, Strategy and Program Mgmt, Analog Eng. Operations Production Manager
Otis Gorley Texas Instruments Incorporated Design Verification Engineer Assistant Head Referee
Patrick Michaud University of Texas at Dallas Asst. Director for Robotics Ed., Science and Eng. Ed. Ctr. Technical Lead
Wiede Cutshall, PE Cutshall Consulting, LLC Chief Engineer Head Referee / Game Boss

2018 Results


2018 Participating Teams

Event Information

About Your Event Hosts

Color Guard for presentation of colors
Frisco Police Department Honor Guard

Singer for National Anthem
Sandy Hanne
Director, Heart of Dallas Chorus and TechTones Holiday Choir (Texas Instruments)