January 7, 2016
Proudly presented by the MARS alumni, so that we will never forget where we came from or where we’re going...
Steven Michael Patrick
Phillip Tucker (1962 - 2015)
I Remember When...
2008 - Overdrive
2009 - Lunacy
2010 - Breakaway
2011 - Logomotion
Our “deathly ill” team member [Nick Ohi] and parents drove nine hours through Friday night to make it to the competition so that he could drive the robot in the eliminations. – Alex Stout (Palmetto, 2011)
2012 - Rebound Rumble
They announced that we won Chairman’s… and all of the tears that came after. – Kari DeMicco (North Carolina, 2012)
We won Chairman’s for the first time and I bawled my eyes out. - Emily Raque (North Carolina, 2012)
2013 - Ultimate Ascent
2014 - Aerial Assist
2015 - Recycle Rush
Phil finally won the Woodie Flowers award and then we lost him. The church was packed with all the students and people whose lives he touched. I lost my friend, my partner, my good right hand - but what we built together survives in each of the students. - Earl Scime (2015)
2016 - FIRst Stronghold
It is a wise man who plants shade trees under which he will never sit. – Todd Hamrick
This past year has been bittersweet for MARS, our most successful season to date sadly came to a close with the immense loss of our co-founder, mentor, and dear friend, Phillip Tucker. Throughout this year's Journal we have included additional Phil stories and remembrances; so that he may always be with us, because he truly is everything we are. Just as Phil appears in the most unexpected of places in this Journal, I expect that we will continue to see him in life at the most unexpected of times. Thank you to all of the incredible students, mentors, parents, fans, sponsors and believers who have made MARS what it is today. Know that your contribution, no matter how large or small, has impacted the lives thousands across West Virginia and beyond. These eight years have been amazing, let’s get ready to add an ninth!