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NOSHOK Engineering Manager Mentors in FRC for 6th Year


On the heels of a winning 2009 competition, NOSHOK’s Engineering Manager, Michael Lancaster will once again participate in “the varsity sport for the mind”, also known as the FIRST Robotics Competition. This will be Michael’s sixth year volunteering as a mentor in this event with the Midpark Meteors Robotics Team 1248.

FRC allows kids in grades 9-12 (ages 14-18) to combine the excitement of competition with the challenges of science and technology, giving them a taste of real-world engineering. The students are tasked with raising funds, creating a team “brand”, and working together to design, build and program robots that execute tasks against a field of competitors. The rules are rigid, the resources limited, and the timeframe minimal, so as in the real world, creativity and teamwork are key to success.

Last year the Midpark Meteors Robotics Team 1248 won the "Visualization Animation" contest and several safety contests. We look forward to seeing their accomplishments this year. NOSHOK wishes Michael Lancaster’s Robotics Team 1248 a successful 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition!

The national competition kicked off on January 9th and teams will be working on their projects until February 23rd. 
The 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition Buckeye Regional Competition will take place in Cleveland, OH, on February 25-27th.
Click here for more info.

NOSHOK Soccer Team Clinches Winning Season


The NOSHOK Soccer Team finished its winning 2009 season with another victory, improving their career team record to 33-6-3. The team earned a 3rd overall finish in the Miami South Beach Cup 2009, with a record of 2-1-3 during the two days 11/20-11/21.

We’d like to thank our sponsors for their ongoing support:

  • Frontline Sports
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Global Technical Recruiters
  • Adecco
  • C.H. Robinson International, Inc.

The NOSHOK team will compete in 5-6 tourneys next year. Looking forward to another successful season in 2010!

A Tribute to Our Military Heroes


On August 8th, the 2009 Bridgestone Golf Invitational in Akron, Ohio became more than just another PGA event. It was an event to honor and recognize ten outstanding men and women of our United States military for their past accomplishments and continuing dedication to our nation. It was also a day to wish some of them well on their imminent deployment into harm’s way.  A perfect way for Bridgestone, Lockheed Martin, and the USO of Ohio to say “Thank You” to:

Sean Bretz   United States Coast Guard
Todd Fitzwater   United States Army
Vivian Eddy    United States Coast Guard
Sceon Rowe  United States Marine Corps
Brian Wyckoff    United States Navy
Stephen Dukes   United States Coast Guard
Caryn Wayne   United States Army
Lenora Williams  United States Navy
Kimberly Demoss United States Navy
Joseph Estevez    United States Marine Corps

It started out wet and rainy for the golfers, but our military men and women were warm and comfortable in the executive club on hole #16.

They were welcomed by Don Padgett, the Bridgestone Executive Director.  Don led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance, and then recognized Rick Perez (Vice President, Lockheed Martin), Rick DeChant (President, USO of Ohio), Jim Cole (Vice-President ,USO of Ohio), and Deb Fisher (Executive Director, USO of Ohio).

Each military honoree was called up to receive a certificate from the Lockheed Martin Executive, Rick Perez.

NOSHOK’s Jim Cole, a long time director and officer of the Ohio USO, first became involved with the USO in South Vietnam during the years of 1966—1972. Following his military service in Vietnam, which began in 1964, he returned to Vietnam as a civilian and quickly became aware of the role the USO played in supporting the U.S. military. As a three time volunteer in the U.S. Army, he immediately volunteered to support the USO, never realizing that he would still be continuing that support 43 years later.

“The military is our last bastion,” stated Mr. Cole. “They protect America. They protect our freedom, our way of life, and they stand for every man and woman who has paid the supreme sacrifice to ensure our nation continues to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

When Navy Seal Lieutenant “J” arrived at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, he had been shot multiple times in the left arm and face. He would be in the hospital for many months, unable to speak, but he could write. These are the words that he wrote.

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