Dominican Takes Wins at FTC Robotics Regional Championship

At the March 26th Louisiana FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Regional Championship, St. Mary’s Dominican High School FTC Robotics Teams – Dominican Ultraviolet and Dominican Valkyries – won two of the seven awards.

Dominican Valkyries earned the Think Award and finished 14 out of 19 teams in robot play. The Think Award is given to the team that best reflects the journey the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season.

(Front row, from left): Coach Madelyn Maldonado, Rachael Tatford, Meredith Kononchek, Emma Ernst, Cecilia Cangelosi, Ashley Alexis, Reese Tatford, and Coach Crissy Giacona. (Top row): Elizabeth Amato, Coach Kenny Lannes, Priscilla Martinez, Isabella Roberts, Morgan Tebbe, and Coach Matt Foss.


Dominican Ultraviolet was awarded the Connect Award and finished 16 out of 19 teams. The Connect Award recognizes the team that most connects with their local science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) community.

(Front row, from left): Coach Madelyn Maldonado, Tess Baker, Emma Plaisance, Charlotte Raymond, Isabella Sachitano, and Coach Crissy Giacona. (Top row): Violet Matherne, Coach Kenny Lannes, Aya Elmadah, Caitlyn Dumas, Hidaya Khan, Mia Reyes, and Coach Matt Foss.


Dominican Junior Charlotte Raymond won the Dean’s List Finalist Award and is one of two students nominated to represent Louisiana at the World’s Competition in Houston. 

Dominican robotics coaches are Crissy Giacona, Matt Foss, Kenny Lannes, and Madelyn Maldonado.