The Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. Those that have won the award at the FIRST Championships are inducted into the FIRST Hall of Fame.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.Harriet Tubman

Our Story

Team 1538 / The Holy Cows was inducted into the FIRST Hall of Fame on April 27, 2013. Year after year we strive to uphold the high standards required of a FIRST Hall of Fame member by helping other teams, our community, and beyond. Our goal is to create opportunities that help and inspire our students and the FIRST community.

We thank all those that have been a part of our journey and all those that continue to serve as an inspiration to our team.

The Allaire Medal - Leadership Exemplified

The Allaire Medal recognizes leadership exemplified and is awarded to an individual student on the winning Chairman’s Award team.

Named in honor of Paul A. Allaire, a long-serving FIRST Chairman of the Board, the Allaire Medal is given to the student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership on his/her FIRST team, within his/her school and community and whose personal character best embodies the spirit of FIRST.

The team receiving The Chairman’s Award at the Championship will select the Allaire Medal recipient. The adult and student team members of the Chairman’s Award winning team determine the winner. The recipient must be a high school junior or senior who has been accepted into a four (4) year degree program at a college or university. The Allaire Medalist receives the Allaire medallion and up to $10,000 in total scholarship support for undergraduate tuition, room/board and fees/books at his or her intended university or college.


Carmel Fiscko

During her 3 years on Team 1538 / The Holy Cows Carmel Fiscko grew from a shy underclassman to a confident young woman, ready to make a difference and change our world for the better. Carmel was a leader both on and off the team. During high school she maintained a 4.35 GPA, while being an active member of San Diego’s Youth Symphony and on The Holy Cows.

As a junior, Carmel began to flourish on the The Holy Cows, when she became involved in the team’s Chairman’s Award group. She started off editing the submission and quickly earned a spot as a presenter. During her time as a presenter she began motivating her fellow presenters - pushing them to become the best they could be. By the 2013 season she oversaw all of The Holy Cows’ Chairman’s Award efforts, including writing the music used in the team’s Chairman’s Award Video.

The skills she learned leading other students on the team gave her the confidence to become a leader in her community as well. During her second season she and another student authored and illustrated a children’s book that read to elementary school students across San Diego County, creating an excitement for STEM in younger kids. In addition she helped create an activity book that was given out to kids at the different outreach events The Holy Cows went to. While on the team, Carmel built relationships with several local and state politicians - helping get city-wide proclamations as well as seeking advice on how to create a statewide FIRST Day and how to get FIRST recognized as a sport in the state of California.

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Jeremy Howe

When other students on Team 1538 / The Holy Cows described Jeremy Howe they use words like “great friend”, “hero” and “role model”. It’s clear that they were talking about someone who was more like a mentor than just another classmate. Since Jeremy joined The Holy Cows in the Fall of 2009, he not only set the bar for professionalism and sportsmanship, he’s been a great role model for other students.

During his four seasons on the team, Jeremy was one of the most active members. He completed over 350 hours of community service, attended every competition (including off-season competitions) and averaged over 25 hours a week during build season each year - all while maintaining a 4.12 GPA. Jeremy always had a ‘team first’ attitude, willing to do whatever it took to help the team. This allowed him to contribute in almost every aspect of the team. While at competition he was Robot Operator (2010-2012), Pit Crew Captain (2013) and Chairman’s Award Presenter (2013). Outside of competition Jeremy machined parts for the team’s robots, wrote and edited award submissions and trained newer members.

Jeremy’s leadership didn’t stop there. In the community he helped run tournaments, spoke to hundreds of educators about how STEM education can change people’s lives and helped mentor other FRC teams.

Chairman’s Award Media

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