Dominick Resler’s practice, patience and persistence have finally paid off.
Resler, a student in the Business Technology program at Meridian Technology Center, is a senior at Perry High School and a member of TechHeads, Perry’s robotics team. For the past six years, he and his teammates have been waiting for a victory.
“It’s been a crazy journey,” Resler said, looking back at his time with the team. “We’ve made the semifinals every year that I’ve been on the team. Every year we got better, but it was never enough.”
The TechHeads are a part of the Boosting Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) Robotics contest for students across the country. Teams are given a build kit that includes an assortment of odds and ends. They have six weeks to use creativity and the engineering design process to construct and program a robot that will be able to compete against other schools. Resler serves as a lead robot driver for the team.
After sweeping the state contest in Alva in late November, the team advanced to win first in the Frontier Trails BEST regional contest if Fort Smith, Arkansas. They took home several awards there, including an award presented to teams that embody the concept of boosting engineering, science and technology; an award for design; the most robust award and the third place Founders award.
“It felt really, really good to win,” Resler said.
While taking home the top prize will always be memorable, Resler knows it will be the skills he acquired during his time with the TechHeads and in the Business Technology program at Meridian that will set him up for success.
At Meridian, Resler is studying entrepreneurship, learning the fundamentals of technology, business development, business management and accounting. He is also an officer for the afternoon chapter of Business Professionals of America, a Career Tech Student Organization, and a member of Meridian’s Leadership Class.
“I’m learning about what it takes to create and run a business, but I’m really learning so much more than that,” he said of his time at Tech. “I’ve gained self-confidence, developed public speaking skills, and I can tell that I’ve matured a lot since I’ve been at Meridian. I’m not certain what’s next for me, but I know I will have options.”
High school, homeschool and virtual school students who live in Agra, Carney, Glencoe, Guthrie, Morrison, Mulhall-Orlando, Pawnee, Perkins-Tryon, Perry and Stillwater school districts can attend Meridian tuition-free during their junior and senior years. Sophomores can enroll for afternoon programs when space is available. The Biomedical Science and Pre-Engineering STEM Academies are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students spend part of their day at their high school and part of the day at Meridian. The priority application deadline for fall 2019 is February 1.
To learn about Meridian’s 20 plus career training programs visit meridiantech.edu/programs. For more information or to enroll visit www.meridiantech.edu or contact a career counselor by phone at (405) 377-3333 or toll-free at (888) 607-2509.
Meridian Technology Center has been a driver of economic development since 1975. With a mission to educate, enrich lives and secure economic futures, Meridian offers full-time career training programs, short courses, Business and Industry services and entrepreneurial support to residents from the Agra, Carney, Glencoe, Guthrie, Morrison, Mulhall-Orlando, Pawnee, Perkins-Tryon, Perry and Stillwater school districts.