Team Bios

Team Co-Captains:

Cameron A. Co-Captain
Cameron is a senior at Duluth East, and this is his fourth year on the team. Previously, he was involved in FIRST LEGO League for two years. He got involved because he knew a few people on the team and he thought it seemed like fun. In his free time, he enjoys doing projects around the house, like building an electric skateboard.

Haley M. Co-Captain
Haley is a junior at Duluth East, and spent two years on Team Management before becoming Co-Captain. Outside of Robotics, she enjoys Tap-Dancing and Piano lessons and also worked at Essentia Health and is taking PSEO Courses toward getting her CNA and hopefully Phlebotomy Certificates.

Build Department:

Kahl S.
Kahl S. is a senior member of the team, and captain of the build department. On his free time, he enjoys biking and soccer.

Marcus G.
Marcus is a junior at Duluth East High School and this is his second year on the team. He has been doing robotics previously for three years and was wanting to advance to the next level. In his free time he enjoy swimming and playing various video games.

Gavin S.

Gavin is a sophomore on the team that is on the build department. He likes to bike. He also has done a boundary water canoe trip on the voyager highway.

Spencer O.

Spencer Olsen is a sophomore at East High School and this is second year on the team. He likes to mountain bike and game in his free time.

Alyssa W.

Alyssa a junior at East High School. and she has been on the team for 2 years. She on build and in her free time she enjoys watching Netflix.

 

CAD Department

Kale N.
Kale Nelson is a member of the CAD department, he is a junior and it it his second year on the team. He likes to swim and take long camping trips with his troop. He is life rank and has been a part of the swim team. He also was in baseball wrestling and football; and will be a part of track and field.

 

Electronics Department:

Olivia N.

Olivia is a junior at Duluth East, and this is her third year on the team. Olivia joined for her love of engineering and science. She found out about the team when her fourth grade class went up to Enger Tower for a field trip, and the Daredevils were their showing off their robot. Ever since she wanted to be on the team. Her hobbies are listening to music, biking, and playing her clarinet.

Jo J.

Jo is a junior and this is her third year on the team. She found out about the team when her older brother made the team and made it seem like a really fun time. When she isn’t doing robotics things, she is either at home sleeping or hanging in the woods painting the scenery.

Ellioot J.
Elliot is a sophomore at Duluth East, and this is his second year on the team. He joined to gain experience in the field of robotics and to meet new people. In his free time Elliot likes to read, play video games, and be outdoors.

Cooper W.

Cooper is a junior at Duluth East and this is his third year on the team. He found out about the team from other students at East. When he is not at robotics he is camping, listening to music, and watching YouTube.

 

Management Department:

Anna K.

Anna K. is a Junior at Duluth East and this is her third year on the team. She first became interested in the team after her aunt brought her to several competitions and she got to meet the team. Some of her hobbies include taking long walks, baking and spending time with family and friends.

 

Media Department:

 

Annalise T.
Anna Todd is the Head Photographer on the team. In her free time, she reads, bikes, and takes photos. She has been featured on multiple accounts with her photography. Check her out @mnxtodd on Instagram!

Lucas F.
Lucas Finch is a sophomore at Duluth East, and this will be his second year on the team. He got involved in robotics in 6th grade, and did FLL in 6th and 7th grade, and then did FTC in 8th grade. He heard about the Daredevils by going to the regional tournament at the DECC. In his free time he likes to mountain bike, snow bike, and ski.

Kyana H.
Kya is a sophomore at Duluth East. She found out about the team at the Rhubarb Festival when the team brought two of their robots to the event. In her free time she likes to doodle and listen to podcasts.

Kyler C.
Kyler is a senior at East and a Sophomore at Lake Superior College. He got involved in robotics in 6th grade on Woodland’s First Lego League Robotics team and continues his robotics career on the Daredevils robotics team. During his free time, he loves to snowmobile, snowboard, play tennis, drift, and shoot photography.

Hamza R. 

Hamza is a sophomore at East, and this will be his first year on the team. He was involved with FTC back in 8th grade. In his free time, he likes to write stories, read, play tennis, play piano, and listen to an obscure amount of K-pop.

Programming Department:

Dawson A.

Dawson is a senior at Duluth East, and this is his fourth year on the team. He got involved through his interest in robotics. Dawson enjoys programming, photography, woodworking, chess, origami, knife collecting, drifting, long-boarding, hiking, and anything outdoors.

Noah G.
Noah is a senior at Duluth East and this is his third year on the team. He joined because he heard great things about the team and had always been interested in programming. In his free time, Noah enjoys playing video games, baseball, programming, drifting, working on his car, spending time with friends, and listening to music.

Loki R.
Loki is a sophomore at Duluth East and this is his second year on the team. He got interested in joining through his interests in technology and robotics. He enjoys playing games and programming in his free time.

Jared M.
Jared is a junior at Duluth East and this is his second year on the team. He joined because he had friends on the team who recommended it him. He plays french horn in band. In his spare time he enjoys reading, programming, breathing, drifting, hanging with friends, and being late.

 

Strategy Department:

 

Linnea F.
Linnea is a junior at East. She joined the team after her brother was on the team for four years. In her free time she does a lot of reading.

Julia B.
Julia is a junior at Duluth East, and this is her second year on the team. Julia joined the team due to her enjoyment of STEM and FIRST principles. Julia heard about the team through her brother and it seemed interesting. In her free time, Julia is on the Duluth East Girls Swim Team, Youth in Government through the YMCA and spends every other waking moment reading, listening to music or baking and cooking interesting cuisine.

Sunna M. 

Sunna is a sophomore at Duluth East, and this is her second year on the team. She joined the team because she was excited for the opportunities that the team offered. In her spare time, she does karate and tutors kids.

Team Mentors

Lead Mentor:

Tim Velner
Tim Velner’s passion is biology. If he were a teen today, he’s certain he would be a genetic engineer. He has always wanted to coach and for years saw himself as a cross-country ski coach – until robotics entered his life 7 years ago. As a eighth year coach, he is constantly amazed at what our team accomplishes year after year. It is fun to watch the team grow even as it loses seasoned members to graduation and recruits new members every year. It is a reminder that we live on the shoulders of those that came before us.
He grew up in Hopkins, Minnesota, and found Duluth on a band trip during his sophomore year. He attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where he received a degree in Biology, Chemistry and Secondary Education. He fell in love with Duluth and decided to make this his home. He’s amazed that it is not always the big decisions that determines the path we take, but often times it is the added influence of our daily choices that guides our paths.
For our team members, deciding to become a part of this team will have impacts that will bear fruit many years and decades into the future. He loves the annual build but more than that, he loves to see the dreams of the Daredevils unfold.

 

Build Department Mentors:

Lance Johnson
Lance is a Build Department Mentor and joined the team in 2012. He works at the 148th Fighter Wing as a.n Aircraft Mechanic Supervisor directing maintenance on F-16 block 50 aircraft. He has had an Airframe and Powerplant license since 1998. He brings 32 years of aircraft maintenance and modification experience to the team. He became involved when his son joined in 2011. In his free time he likes flying model rockets, remote-controlled airplanes, camping, motorcycling, and snowmobiling.

Wayne Lundquist
This will be Wayne’s fifth year of serving as a mentor on the Duluth East Daredevils Build Team.  Wayne is retired with 20 years of Federal Service for the Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, where he was a Safety Inspector and a Conference and Litigation Officer.  Wayne also spent several years working for the Archer Brothers Race Team.  The love for turning wrenches and fabricating has been in Wayne’s blood forever.  It’s great that he can share his skills and knowledge with a younger generation.  When Wayne is not mentoring, he can be found in his garage working on his 85 Corvette or lending a helping hand wherever it is needed.

Electronics Department Mentors:

Gary Harma
Gary Harma currently works for CenturyLink as a Communications Specialist, and is a Mentor on the Build Department; working primarily on electronics. After watching the team during the two years his daughter participated, he got involved as a Mentor in 2014 when his son became a member of the team and there was a need for an electronics mentor. Outside of robotics, Gary enjoys being outdoors boating and snowmobiling, listening to music as well as playing music on drums. He also enjoys fixing anything mechanical or electronic that has broken.

 

Management Department Mentors:
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Karol Lundquist
The 2017-2018 school year will be Karol’s fifth year serving as a mentor on Team Management for the Duluth East Daredevils.  Karol is retired from the U.S. Forest Service where she served as the Budget and Finance Officer for the Superior National Forest. Mentoring has filled her days and provided a great way to pay it forward.  When she is not attending Daredevil events, she spends lots of time spoiling her grandchildren. Her hobbies include working in her flower gardens and taking long walks in the woods. She is thankful for the opportunity to serve as a mentor. 

 

Media Department Mentors:

Lisa Harma

Lisa is in her third year of mentoring for the Media department. She became interested in robotics and a fan of FIRST when her daughter joined the team in 2011.  Her son Luke was also on the team from 2014 – 2016.    Lisa enjoys utilizing her communications and journalism college education to help out the team. When she isn’t working with the Daredevils, Lisa works full time as a Wealth Management Trust Adviser for U.S. Bank NA.  In her spare time she enjoys scrap-booking, reading, cross country skiing and the beach!

Programming Department Mentors:

Kris Nelson
Kris is a Software Engineer at Saturn Systems and this is his fourth year as a Mentor for the Daredevils. He was introduced to the team when they were presenting during Nerd Nite, and shortly after became the Programming Department Mentor. He also enjoys reading, hiking, fencing, and making books by hand. His favorite part of FIRST is helping students learn and seeing them reach new heights.