2017 BEST Robotics Game Day

The Raton robotics team (GRRT) had great success at the local Game Day competition. Many teams competed with their finished robots and exhibits at TSJC to determine who would progress to the regional level. Raton’s robot performed very well and their exhibit turned lots of heads. At the end of the day Raton took home six trophies: 1st place Game Award, 1st place BEST Award, Software Design and Simulation, Founders Award for Creative Design, Spirit and Sportsmanship, and Most Robust Robot. Because of their teams’ success, Raton, Primero, and Manzanola will be competing this winter in Denver.

Since local competition, the Raton robotics team has been organizing fundraisers to pay for their trip. These include a Denny’s Spaghetti Dinner, t-shirt sales, and a raffle for an unguided Cow Elk Hunt at Vermejo. If you are interested in a t-shirt or raffle ticket contact Jo Ahlm at 575-445-3541 before November 20th.

Raton Public Schools Board of Education

Mr. Andy Ortiz- Superintendent
E-mail: andy.ortiz@ratonschools.com
Work: (575) 445-9111 Cell: (575) 707-9254

Ms. Kathy Honeyfield- President
E-mail: kathy_950@hotmail.com
Home: (575) 445-8108 Cell: (575) 445-8145
Appt. 7/1/13, Elected 2/3/15, Expires 2019- 4 yr. term

Mr. Ted Kamp- Vice President
E-mail: tedkampdpt@hotmail.com
Home: (575) 445-4381
Appt. 4/15/13, Elected 2/3/15, Expires 2019- 4 yr. term

Mr. Beaver Segotta-Secretary
E-mail: beaversegotta@yahoo.com
Cell: (505) 400-9538
Appt. 6/10/13, Elected 2/3/15, Expires 2019- 4 yr. term

Mr. Jason Phillips- Member
E-mail: jasonphillips87740@gmail.com
Home: (575) 445-8020
Elected 2/7/17, Expires 2021- 4 yr. term

Mr. Abraham Elliott- Member
E-mail: abeelliott@me.com
Phone: (719) 406-9180
Appt. 5/15/17, Expires 2019- 2 yr. term (filled a vacancy)

2017 BEST Robotics Kick-off

On Saturday, September 2nd, some members of the Raton Robotics Team traveled to Trinidad State Junior College for the third annual BEST Robotics kick-off. This year, the team has seventeen members ranging from 7th to 12th grade. Each year, a new theme is chosen by the team that received the highest score nationally two years before. The 2017 theme is Crossfire, a game based on fire and rescue. At kick-off, the competing teams were shown the game field and the tasks the robot will need to complete to earn points. Teams also received supply kits that contain the only materials the robot can be built from. Practice Day for the competition will be held at TSJC on October 7th, 2017. Teams are invited to test their robots on the field and receive pointers from other teams. Game Day is the following Saturday, October 14th. The Raton Robotics Team asks for you to come and give your support at our competition. Two teams will qualify to attend the regional competition held in Denver in December.

In previous years TSJC has received Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) grants to fund the robotics program but they are no longer receiving these grants. To keep the competition going smoothly, TSJC will need donations from the community. If you are interested in donating time, money, or supplies, please contact socobest@trinidadstate.com.

Meet the 2017 Robotics Team!

We are the Raton High School Robotics Team. Our first year of robotics was 2015, and we have been competing ever since. We started our first year with nine members, and have grown to 12 last year and 17 currently. The team has qualified for and attended the regional competition in Fort Smith Arkansas twice and hope continue our trend of success. Here is a little bit about this year’s team!

It’s Noah! I’m a Senior at Raton High School and a robotics team veteran. I love woodworking, electronics, and anything computers. My favorite things to do are listening to music, driving, hanging out with my friends, and of course robotics. I usually will do anything to put off work, and I’m definitely #teamjacob. I’m a 90’s baby (by fifteen days) and I was born in Texas. I eat kolaches and burritos as often as possible, and my soul food is shells and cheese. My dad says creamy peanut butter is for wimps but I eat it behind his back. That’s it.

My name is Brooke Fleming. I am currently a Junior. My hobbies include playing tennis with my sister and the high school tennis team. Another hobby of mine is building and creating things from any materials I can get my hands on. I enjoy playing with my dogs and spending time with friends and family. This will be my 3rd year on the robotics team where I will be on the marketing team, along with writing in the notebook.

 Hey! I’m Rhianna Hopper and I’m a Sophomore. I will be 16 on November 9th. I enjoy coloring and eating as much macaroni as possible. Thursday nights are reserved for my favorite show, Project Runway. I am currently learning American Sign Language and Deaf culture to better communicate with a wider variety of people. This year in robotics I will continue to work on the notebook and build the marketing display as I have done the past two years.

My name is Benjamin Sanchez. I am a Sophomore and this is my 3rd year participating on the Raton High School Robotics Team. Like last year, I will be helping and working on the robot. Which includes programming and engineering. In my free time I like to experiment with my digital audio workstation, alberton, practice the drums, ski, run for track, code, weld, and woodwork. My future goals are to get good grades, get better at coding, improve my music skills, and go to college.

 My name is Jaden Martinez I am in the 10th grade. This is my 3rd year in robotics. I am a part of the engineering team. I work on the robot and the Solidworks drawings. My hobbies are playing video games. My favorite video games is the Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask.



My name is Ella Cleo Aurora Sanchez. I am currently a Freshman, and this will be my 3rd year of Robotics. During the past two years of Robotics, I have acted as editor for the Engineering Design Notebook. Several of my hobbies include drawing, painting, playing tennis, reading and writing. I also enjoy playing violin and listening to music. I am involved in the Raton High School Student Council as class president. I hope to have a fun and successful year in Robotics.

My name is Baylor Walton. I am a freshman at Raton High School. I enjoy writing, playing the piano, drawing, playing basketball, and running track. I am very big on family! I also love the beach and big cities. This is my third year participating in Robotics. My role on the team is the photographer. I am also a part of the marketing team.


Hi I’m Zebadiah and I’m a 14 year old 8th grader at Raton High. I enjoy woodworking, playing baseball, and golf. My favorite baseball team is the Cubs and my favorite player is Javier Baez. I have been in robotics for two years now. My interest in writing and woodworking definitely helps with the fact that I do a little bit of everything on the team. Last year I helped build the robot and I even wrote in the notebook a little bit. This year I hope to do even more for the team.

My name is Lauren Lucero and I am in 8th grade. My hobbies are writing and reading and more. I’ve been in robotics for two years so far. I wrote some of the notebook last year in robotics. I also was part of the building of the robot and this year I am doing the same thing.



My name is Riley Hopper and I’m an 8th grader at Raton High School. I have been on the robotics team for two years. In robotics I work on marketing and help write the notebook. Outside of robotics I enjoy playing basketball, volleyball and running track. My favorite basketball team is the Golden State Warriors. I also enjoy woodworking and drafting.


Hello, I’m Lane I’m 14 years old and an 8th grader at Raton High School. In my free time I enjoy riding my dirtbike. I race motorcoss in the state of New Mexico and Colorado. I have placed second in the New New Mexico motocross series. This year is my second year on the robotics team. Last year I was on the engineering part of the team. This year I also plan helping to build the robot.

My name is Armondo Valdez I am in 7th grade. The school I attend is Raton High school. I favor art because I can express myself through the colors and shapes. I also like to play video games everyday after school as a pastime to relax and unwind. My favorite subject in school is agriculture, and even math. This is my first year in robotics, I’m really looking forward to it!

My name is Cole Hopper. I am in 7th grade and go to the Raton High School. I enjoy playing soccer and video games. My favorite soccer team is Manchester United. My favorite food is cherry Jell-O because it is fun to make. This is my first year of robotics. I am going to support the team by help with engineering and some software development.


Hi, I’m Cayden. I am in the 7th grade at Raton High School. I like playing football, basketball, baseball, and running track. My favorite football team is the Baltimore Ravens, and my favorite basketball team is the Toronto Raptors. This is my first year in robotics and my job in robotics is helping with software.


My name is Erica and I am a seventh grader. I am a girl and I like art. I like to play the guitar. This year I will turn 13 but I am currently 12. I love to draw and hope in the future to use animation as a career. This is my first year in robotics and I look forward to it. I will be learning programming for the robot.


My name is Sydney E. Elliott and I am a 7th grader. I like to sing and play sports like soccer, volleyball, and basketball. I love to watch college and professional football. It is my favorite sport. My favorite color is blue. My favorite food is mashed potatoes. I have never been in the robotics program before.


My name is Emilia Rose. I am in seventh grade. My hobbies are art, music, animating, sketching and swimming. My favorites are reading and writing, I like gymnastics, and my favorite color is blue. My favorite food is alfredo, though I like chicken and mashed potatoes. Chocolate is an all-time favorite. I also do ballet. This is my first year in Robotics.


¡Hola! I am Mrs. Ahlm, the proud advisor of the totally awesome Raton Robotics Team. I sorta like this crew of youngins. Their commitment and drive keeps me energized and excited to see what adventures we will have together for each new season. I consider this group to be a jewel in my 23 year teaching career. I do have an “outside” life where I enjoy long walks with my German Shepherd, Gracie. I spend most evenings preparing meals of game meat, Mexican cuisine, and lots of vegetables with my husband, Lief. From Kick-off Day to Game Day he is my #1 support, so I can dedicate as much time as possible to this crew of mine and still keep up with my other teaching duties.


I am Liz Wick, and I have been teaching science for 21 years; 20 of those years have been here in Raton.  In addition to teaching 8th grade science, Forensic Science, and Geology, I also mentor RHS robotics.  My role with the robotics team is primarily the marketing and exhibit aspects of the competition.  In my free time I enjoy being outside with my family.  We can often be seen walking the dog, hiking, playing soccer, and kayaking.  I also appreciate time alone taking part in Cross-Fit and simply reading a book.