The Rotary Club of Penticton Dawn is delighted to acknowledge Branson Crawford — an immensely gifted, passionately driven and team-oriented Grade 12 college student at Princess Margaret Secondary School — as Rotary Student of the Thirty day period for April.
In picking him, the club celebrated his pivotal position with the acclaimed Penticton Robotics Club, although also excelling in scholastics and volleyball
Born and lifted in Penticton in a loving and supportive spouse and children, Crawford states he’s been properly-coached at household in “the great importance of tricky operate and perseverance to obtaining one’s goals while generally managing many others with kindness and regard and being humble and grounded when effective.”
Crawford has completely relished his time at Maggie – its vibrant, collegial atmosphere and, higher than all, the stimulating interactions with his fantastic instructors.
“Their enthusiasm for every issue is infectious and they all go the more mile to make certain that just about every scholar understands the material currently being taught, together with freely featuring remedial aid right after class, if wanted,” he stated.
Robotics has become a cornerstone of Crawford’s lifetime. This enjoy affair was kindled last calendar year in Quality 11 when his laptop or computer science teacher, Josh Walker, the mentor of the Penticton Robotics Club, invited him to sign up for this year’s workforce. He approved and tirelessly laboured more than the summertime finding out the Java programming language as a prerequisite to serving as the club’s lead coder.
Beginning previous September, Crawford and his Maggie/Pen-Hi teammates invested numerous hrs honing their competencies for the 2023 Pacific Regional Very first robotics competition held in Victoria early last month.
In the last 8 weeks, they toiled right until 11 p.m. each university night and on weekends to “build a robot that collects game items and destinations them at more and more complicated posts, adopted by seeking to stability the robotic on a teeter totter to generate details,” clarifies Crawford.
Whilst his robotics journey needed an immense effort and time dedication, totalling some 500 hrs, Crawford would not have altered a factor. To him, the practical experience vividly illustrates how a sturdy, targeted function ethic in the end pays off as their 3-group alliance placed sixth general.
This was an awesome showing for their smaller crew of 14 associates (some big teams had 60-80 users) competing in only their second yr. Specified the odds, with groups from as much away as Australia, Taiwan, and Hawaii, to be picked for a single of the 8 alliances was in by itself an honour.
“Filling the role as the lead coder for the robotics staff surely ranks as my greatest accomplishment at Maggie,” Crawford stated, introducing, “Finally looking at a thoroughly practical robot immediately after long several hours of difficult operate was mind boggling.”
Additionally, he derived enormous pleasure from coaching junior coders to resolve complications on their own, permitting him to hone his possess competencies when assisting others.
Coach Walker mentioned, “Branson could be a leader if he selected, but he is material next. Self-inspired, he spent numerous hours learning, writing and debugging code all on your own. When I asked him for a coding answer, Branson would possibly provide or clarify why coding could not remedy the dilemma or discover another alternative. Clearly, he played a essential role in our club’s good results this 12 months.”
Maggie laptop or computer science trainer Brett Lantz mentioned, “Branson’s maturity, specialized aptitude, and educational document are extremely amazing. As the guide coder for the robotics staff, his fantastic technological competencies, creative imagination, and remarkable capacity to connect his concepts tremendously contributed to our team’s achievements. Branson’s perseverance to excellence, coupled with his devotion to assistance and teamwork, tends to make him an exemplary job product for all aspiring pupils.”
Crawford’s relentless pursuit of excellence extends to the volleyball court docket. He has performed on the Mustangs boys’ volleyball workforce all four several years at Maggie, the last two on the senior group.
Aside from the pleasurable and lasting friendships, his mentor and teammates have taught him “cherished life-extended lessons into the value of self-sacrifice, teamwork and grit to attain a common purpose.”
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volleyball coach Rich Corrie reported, “Branson has an amazingly cheerful disposition and normally took on regardless of what part requested of him. His impressive expansion, both of those physically and mentally, would have garnered him our team’s ‘most enhanced player’ honors if such an award existed. This advancement came from his strong function ethic and constructive state of mind. A popular and admired teammate, he constantly gave his finest on and off the courtroom.”
Inspite of his taxing extramural workload, Crawford is firmly committed to scholastics.
His grade typical has greater from 89% in Grade 10 to 91% in Quality 11 and 95% in the first semester of Quality 12 when carrying a significant load of college foundational classes in science and math.
Maggie present day languages trainer Pauline Tinka explained, “From the outset, Branson has displayed very well-honed interpersonal abilities, fantastic manners and self-assurance. A self-starter, he has usually been eager to apply his French in actual-existence cases, and frequently asks thoughts in class about some vibrant language that he realized in a gaming chat. Finally, Branson’s feeling of humor is famous at Maggie, amusing us with his ‘Joke of the Day’ through early morning bulletins.”
Crawford’s cites weightlifting as his favourite activity outside the house school. He “loves all it entails, this kind of as the nutrient-prosperous food plan and the stringent and painful software necessary to improve reward.”
With patience and perseverance, he has seen incredible advancements in each his mental and physical health and fitness. In the operate up to the Initial competition, every night he went to the PURE gymnasium at 11 p.m. soon after an intensive coding session to wind down and unwind, a tactic he frequently takes advantage of elsewhere in his daily life.
For leisure, Crawford definitely loves the problem of matching wits with pals in Maggie’s Chess Club with the greatest triumph transpiring when he eventually defeat a teacher following struggling quite a few defeats. He also enjoys climbing with his mom, both along the KVR path or at Giant’s Head Mountain.
Crawford has been accepted into the computer science software at UBC Okanagan. On completing a one particular-calendar year co-op program at a tech organization to attain profession-similar working experience, he then needs to get an master’s diploma in computer science with a insignificant in French communications, as a prelude to doing the job overseas and fulfilling his need to knowledge different cultures.
In small, this young guy certainly possesses the main character traits — intelligence, self-self-discipline, grit and empathy — foremost to pursuing a rich and rewarding profession even though inspiring and enriching the life of these he encounters alongside the way.