Meet The Leaders

Savannah Smith - Team Captain

Savannah joined the team in 2015 as a freshman. She is now a senior in the International Baccalaureate program at Klein Oak and the team captain for the 2018-19 school year. Previously she was Business lead and Chairman’s lead. During competitions, Savannah is the field coach for the drive team. Savannah joined the team, because her dad is a mentor, but stayed because of her interest in STEM, and love for FIRST. She is also a member of Spanish National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Society of Women Engineers, Mu Alpha Theta, and an officer of the Klein Oak Student Council.

Samantha Taylor - Business Lead

Samantha joined VorTX her sophomore year and has been a dedicated member ever since. Samantha also plays violin in the Klein Oak orchestra along with Mariachi. She enjoys baking for her team mates and is part of her school's baking club! In addition, she is an IB student, in Zeta Omicron, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Music Honor Society and the vice president of the chess club.

Alea Nablan - Chairman’s Lead

Alea joined the team during her sophomore year, at first, because her brother joined, but then gradually made more friends and started to really enjoy it. During her first year, she started in the media team because she enjoyed taking pictures and eventually became interested in Chairman's with Samantha. After last year, she was able to become the team's Chairman's lead. She is now a junior in the IB Program at Klein Oak High school. Outside of robotics, she plays violin in her school's orchestra, and is a member of Tri-M.

Abhi Nunna - Sponsorship Lead

Abhi is a student at Klein Cain pursuing engineering. He joined the team in the 2018 season because he had a strong interest in STEM.

Kimberly Wang - Public Relations Lead

Kim joined the team her sophomore year in 2017, starting as an innocent little rookie on the media team because of her passion for taking pictures and editing. Kim is currently a junior doing the International Baccalaureate program at Klein Oak HS. She is currently Public Relations Lead for the team, probably because of her famous line “thx fam jam”, but she handles all the social media and communication database for the team. The team makes her happy with the bonds and friendship she has made during the past year, making it seem more like a family. In addition to being in robotics, Kim has a passion for dance and is mostly a contemporary dancer. She is also a violinist in the orchestra for her school  as well as in Mu Alpha Theta, Tri - M, Spanish National Honor Society, and Science Club.

Zahid Hossain - Media Lead

Zahid joined the team as a freshman in 2015 and is now a senior at Klein Collins. He was very interested in STEM and robotics, but he was afraid that he needed experience to join the team at first. The team welcomed him warmly, saying that no experience was needed to join. He started learning 3D CAD modeling, but he also started learning photography. Over time, he became a professional at manual control and RAW photo editing, and now he almost always has a camera by his side at competitions. Aside from robotics, Zahid plays the viola in the Klein Collins Chamber orchestra. After graduating from high school, he wants to pursue computer engineering in college.

Thy Nguyen - Competition Lead

Thy joined the team in 2015 her freshman year. She is now a senior at Klein Oak and the Competition Lead for 2018. She was previously the Mechanical Captain the past two years and is now the Competition Lead managing the programming team and preps the robot team for competitions. She joined the team because of her interest in her brother’s great experience while he was in Klein Bots, and her love for building and mechanical works from her machinist dad. She’s also a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Society of Women Engineers, Girls Who Code, and the President for SkillsUSA.

Kameela Baagil - Scouting/Strategy

Kameela joined the team in 2017. She is now a Junior at Klein Oak and the Strategy/Scouting Captain for the team. Kameela joined the team because of her interest in STEM and stays because of her love of FIRST, although she plans on going into the medical field. She participates in Mu Alpha Theta and French Club at Klein Oak. She also competes as a part of the KO Texas French Symposium Team. She has been practicing martial arts for years and helps teach some classes throughout the week.

Zoe Maldonado - Safety Co-captain

Zoe joined the team because of her growing interest in STEM, and her desire to become an electrical engineer in 2017 as a junior. She is now a senior at Klein High School and is Co-Safety Captain for the team. Zoe has been in FFA (Future Farmers of America) for three years and used to raise goats and compete in ag-science fairs. She is part of National Honor Society, Technology Student Association and president of Farm Friends.

Tessa Urwin - Safety Co-captain

Tessa joined the team in 2016 as a sophomore. She is now a senior at Klein High School and is one of the Safety Co-Captains for the team. Tessa joined the team because of her passion for STEM and her ambition of becoming an electrical engineer. Her enthusiasm for all things tech carries over into her service as president for her school’s chapter of Technology Student Association where she competes in STEM-centered events. She is also a member of Sign Language Club, National Honor Society, English National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and is vice president for her school’s Spanish National Honor Society.

Nathan Ion - Robot Lead

Nathan joined the team in 2015 as a freshman. He is now a senior at Klein High School serving as the Robot Captain for the 2018-19 school year. This will be the second year that Nathan will serve as the Robot Captain, managing the pit crew during the competition season. A Dean’s List Semi-finalist, he enjoys STEM and loves to be part of FIRST. In addition to robotics, Nathan is also a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, English National Honor Society, Vice-President of the French National Honor Society, and the Vice President of the Klein High School Technology Student Association chapter.

Brock Darling - Mechanical Lead

Busy with band, the IB Program and robotics, Brock has been able to find his passion in STEM. Robotics has taught him many skills, but more importantly has given him a group of friends that act as a small family.

 

 

Maria Zelaya - Electrical + Pneumatic Lead

Maria is a sophomore at Klein Oak and is the Electrical Lead. She joined the team in 2017 hoping to learn more to help with her future career plan of being an electrical engineer.

Will Tomshe - CAD Lead

Will joined the team in 2017 and is now the CAD captain. Will joined the team because he is interested in engineering and joining this team seemed the best way to get involved and learn. Will goes to Klein Cain and is currently a junior. He also plays the viola in the chamber orchestra for his school.

Alfredo Maldonado - Subsystem Lead

Alfredo joined the team in 2015 as a freshman. He is now a senior at Klein High and is a subsystem lead for the team. He joined the team because of his interest in mechanical systems and love for technology. He is an active member in the workshop, guiding small teams to build the many parts of the robot. Aside from VorTX, he is a member of National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and is the Sergeant at Arms for Technology Student Association.

Ben Garza - Subsystem Lead

Ben joined the team in 2016 as a sophomore to pursue his passion in engineering. Now a Senior, Ben has taken the leadership role of what he claims is the "best" subsystem lead on the team. Super friendly and super helpful, Ben has a way to keep people interested at the task at hand. Ben is also Treasurer for Klein High School’s Technology Student Association and Cultural Diversity Club, a member of Klein’s DECA team, National Honor Society, and Science National Honor Society.

Numa Minero - Subsystem Lead

Numa joined the team the summer after his sophomore year. He is a mechanical subsystem lead. He is the Klein Oak Jr. Varsity Swim team, plays the cello, and participates in SkillsUSA. He is also one of the best dancers on the team.

Thejas Davalath - Subsystem Lead

Thejas joined The Team in 2016. He is now a junior in the IB program at Klein Oak and a subsystem lead for the 2018-19 school year. During competitions, Thejas is an active participant in the up-keeping of the robot whenever problems arise. He joined the team because of his inept interest in robotics and engineering. Thejas is also a member of the Math National Society, Zeta Omicron (Computer Science National Honor Society), and National Science Honor Society.