2013 marks not only the 22nd anniversary of FIRST but also serves as a reminder of the hardwork and effort that its founders and teams have devoted to science and technology for the past two decades.
Since the team's founding in 1992, the X-Cats have enjoyed a great deal of success in the FIRST Robotics Competition. By drawing upon the best and brightest minds from Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School, the X-Cats have produced a steady stream of high quality robots for the past 19 build seasons.
The Legacy of X-Cats begins with day one. Early in the team's history, the X-Cats achieved the highest possible honor in FIRST... the Chairman's Award. The Chairman's Award is given to the teams that best exemplify the ideals of FIRST. The X-Cats did this by bringing science and technology to inner city students who might not otherwise have access to the various fields of Engineering.
In addition to succeeding Legacy of the X-Cats, and the FIRST Robotics Competition; the X-Cats have had an immensely positive impact on the Rochester community. In a district that struggles to exceed a graduation rate of over 50 percent, every participant in the X-Cats has graduated from high school, and most go on to college. We have sent students on to Monroe Community College, University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, LeMoyne, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Vermont, Harvard, Penn State, Columbia, and many more. X-Cats have become doctors, engineers, teachers, served in the military, and a variety of other occupations. Being an X-Cat means having a better chance of achieving whatever goals you can dream of. That is the foundatoins of a Legacy.