Our Team

Alonso Manzueta

Member Since: 2015

My name is Alonso Manzueta, I am 16 years old, and I currently attend Lakeland High School. I joined the team through a summer camp held by our team. By learning and listening to senior members explain various ideas I gained the experience needed to become the captain of the team. Through my accomplishments throughout my four years of being on the team, I was also able to become a Dean's List Semi Finalist. Some of my hobbies outside of robotics include playing the trumpet, and participating in my school’s track and field team.This year my goal is to become a better leader and to hone my wiring skills and strengthen my understanding of electronics.

Deeya Patel

Member Since: 2017

I am a 16 year old junior at Hackley School. I enjoy playing volleyball and I have been dancing for more than ten years. I have been playing the flute and piano since early age and in my spare time. I love drawing and traveling. Prior to this team, I was on an FLL team for three years. This is my third year being a member of Robocracy, and I am very excited to be part of the team. I’ve joined FTC to further my knowledge in building and programming and I hope to be an effective team member.

David Schultz

Member Since: 2017

I am a 17 year old 12th grader. This is my third year on this team. I have been in FIRST programs for many years starting in FLL. I joined FTC because I wanted to improve my skills in building and programming. In my free time I enjoy playing soccer, making music, and pc gaming. I hope to pursue engineering or computer science when I graduate high school.

Aman Shetty

Member Since: 2017

This year will be my third year on the team. I am a Sophmore at Monroe Woodbury High School. This season I am using my CAD skills that I learned from the last two years and to CAD different mechanisms of this year’s robot. I play the trombone in my school band, the guitar, and the Tabla Indian drums in my free time. I am also a long-distance runner. I run on my school’s cross country, indoor track, and spring track team. I joined FTC because I played with LEGO Mindstorms and was part of an FLL team, and I wanted to take it further.My goals this year are to help CAD parts of the robot and use power tools safely and efficiently.

Divek Patel

Member Since: 2018

I am 15 years old in 10th Grade at Hackley High School. This is my second year on Robocracy 9773. I play soccer year round and started it when I was 4 years old. I also play guitar and drums for my school band and individual competitions. My favorite subjects are chemistry and math, and in my spare time I enjoy playing video games and expanding my knowledge on java. I have done FLL for 3 years before FTC, and I am very glad I am part of this team.

Since last season, my role on the team has changed. I am part of the programming team this year, and with the help of Cadence, I integrated my knowledge of java into FTC programming.

My goal this year is to continue to expand my knowledge in programming and to understand the complex algorithms our team uses for the robot.

Elina Rani

Member Since: 2018

I am a 16-year-old junior from Lakeland High School. In school, I enjoy math and science. Outside of school, I help out my school’s drama club with their productions, play violin, and mentor other FIRST teams. This is my fifth year in a FIRST program, and second year in FTC.

I joined FTC because of my previous interest in robotics from FLL. I wanted to continue improving my skills while being able to build real robots.

My goal this year is to learn how to CAD and become a proficient programmer.

Cadence Weddle

Member Since: 2018

I am a Junior at Horace Greeley High School. When not helping with the team, I enjoy learning computer science, physics, programming, and playing both the violin and piano.

My goals this year are to become a strong leader for the programming team, and to learn how to approach programming for a physical machine, rather than a virtual environment.

Joey D'Anna

Member Since: 2019

I started as a new member this year and I have previous robotics experience with VEX Robotics and FLL. I enjoy driving RC cars, playing ping pong, and playing on the XBox in my spare time. I also enjoy driving and building in robotics.

This year I would like to become better at CAD design and understanding electronics.

Karan Keerthy

Member Since: 2019

I am 14 years old, and a freshman at Briarcliff High School. This is my first year on FTC Robocracy 9773, but I have had experience with robotics in the past by participating in an FLL team. In addition to robotics, I play soccer, tennis and the violin. I have been playing soccer since I was five and currently on my school's JV soccer team. Regarding music, I have played the violin since 4th grade and this year I am attempting a Level VI NYSSMA piece.

I joined FTC because I wanted to learn more about various building techniques and especially how to CAD. My goal this year is to use the knowledge that I had brought with me from FLL to learn more about complex building strategies, and further develop my knowledge of engineering and robotics.

Ian Schultz

Member Since: 2019

I am 14 and I am in 9th grade. This is my first year on Team Robocracy. My experience with FIRST before joining Robocracy is five years on the FLL team Team STUBBY. Some of my other interests are soccer, math, and piano. I am also a mentor for the new team members on Team STUBBY. I play piano and have done NYSSMA for the past six years.

I joined FTC because I enjoy building and engineering and I wanted to take the next step in FIRST. My goal this year is to learn the ins and outs of FTC, while helping with some of the building.

Alexa Warren

Member Since: 2019

Hi! My name is Alexa and this is my first year on the team. I have been on a VEX robotics team for a few years and I wanted to broaden my knowledge on robotics. I enjoy my architecture class in high school as well as my math and science classes. In my free time I enjoy reading.

This year I want to learn how to program and become better at building.

Greyson Weddle

Member Since: 2019

This is my first year on Robocracy. I enjoy tinkering with electronics and building things in my free time, and was drawn to FTC due to that. I am a sophomore at Horace Greeley High School. In my free time I enjoy playing games and reading books. In the past I have done FLL.

This year I hope to get better at designing and 3D modeling, and gain a more scientific comprehension of small circuits.


Member Since: 2015

I am a 5 1/2 year old Coton de Tulear and have been team mascot for three years. I am a wonderful distraction. I take seriously my job, doing my best to make everyone smile. In fact, my name, Mitsiky, means "My Smile" in Malagasy. My favorite hobbies are visiting chipmunk holes, playing tug-of-war with my toy bunny, and just being cute.

My goal this year is to earn my degree as a Therapy Dog so that I can participate in the team’s outreach and make everyone feel good by flashing my warm smile. Also, I hope to finally catch a squirrel.