Olivia came to the team when she was in eighth grade because she had a future interest in a STEM career. She's passionate, hard working, and amiable. Aside from working two part time jobs, she's a member of SADD, NHS, marching/concert/jazz band, Envirothon, and Viking Volunteers. In her free time, she enjoys family time, Netflix, and baking. After high school, Olivia plans to attend the University of Minnesota for Animal Science and to continue her education and pursue a doctoral degree in large animal veterinary medicine.
Troy joined RoboVikes when he was in eighth grade because he though it seemed really fun and interesting. He's also a member of the football team and a part of Ski Club. He describes himself as smart, creative, and hardworking. One of his favorite things to do is relax. In the future, Troy plans to earn his Bachelor's degree from Youngstown State University in Mechanical Engineering.
Casey became a RoboVike in her eight grade year so she could be in a club with her friends. She describes herself as a bibliophile, quick-witted, and is outspoken. She is a member of NHS, Book Club, Spanish Club, Ski Club, is in band, a Viking Volunteer, envirothon, LSC, SADD, and plays volleyball. In her free time, she likes to read and write, spend time with her cat, and ride her horse. After high school, Casey plans to attend Miami University of Ohio to major in biology and writing on a pre-med track.
Stephanie joined RoboVikes just last year. When her friends told her how much fun it was, she decided to try it out for herself. She's driven, determined, and focused. When not at RV, she can be found at LSC, SADD, Viking Volunteers, volleyball, and track practice. She is a member of NHS and also participates at the English Festival. She likes to skate and horseback ride and plans to attend Youngstown State University to major in Photography.
Noah has been a part of RoboVikes for the last five years and joined the team because he was obsessed with LEGO. He's confident, sociable, and almost always has a smile on his face. He's a member of FCA, LSC, and plays soccer and football for LaBrae. He's also active in his youth group and works a part time job as well. Noah would love to be a software engineer but is also considering teaching math or science.
Nathan was a seventh grade student during the inaugural year of RoboVikes. Always interested in making things on his own, he felt it was a perfect fit. He's dedicated, invested, and a little nuts. Nathan is also on the Prep Bowl team, a member of SADD, Viking Volunteers, LSC, NHS, and in the band. After high school, he plans earn his Bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering.
Smart, capable, and responsible. Joined the team for the coolness of it.
Intelligent, hardworking, and funny. Can do a no death run on the Legend of Zelda on NES.
Confident, determined, and a control freak. Like to play horror games, watch Marvel movies, and craft.
Musician, thinker, and author. Likes to go faster than the number on the speed limit signs.
Young, smart, and quiet. Wants to become a sergeant for the Clearwater Police Dept.
Black and white kind of guy. Can continuously crack his right hand knuckles.
Stubborn, generous, and talkative. Has a copious amount of strange and obscure history knowledge.
Creative, friendly, and helpful. Likes building, programming, and math.
The quiet one. Scout law.
Knowledgeable, weird, and unique. Knows an absurd amount of WWII facts.
Chaotic, unorganized, and panicked. Everything he touches breaks.
Better at building than he is at submitting questionnaires.
Happy, supportive, and adventurous. Can pop her toe in and out of place.
Funny, nice, and hard working. Likes bowling and LEGOs.
Tall, smart, and taller. Likes being tall and doing tall things.
Kind, funny, and happy. Known for quacking like a duck.
That one girl. Can hold her breath underwater for 53.69 seconds.
Goofy, smart, and slightly tall. Likes video games and sleeping.
Intelligent, lazy, and argumentative. Knows the Peppa Pig theme song by heart.
Smart, weird, and fun. Also likes to bang sticks on stuff.
Weird, intelligent, and sarcastic. Fan of spiders.
Funny, goofy, and smart. Likes to ride dirt bikes and wants to go to culinary school.
Funny, outgoing, and loud. Can roll his tongue.
Intelligent, lazy, a LEGO fanatic. Can build quickly.
Describes herself as "weird" and embraces it.
Annoying, energetic, and smart. Eats pineapple on his pizza.
Weird, helpful, and smart. Likes to draw and play Minecraft.
Excited, unusual, and sharp. Likes to play piano and scream.
Breaks things, never cleans up, and misplaces tools. Never around when you need him.
Says he reads all game manuals, Remind notifications, and class posts. Actually doesn't.
Mr. Joe Slifka
Joe Slifka is a 2007 Youngstown State University graduate with a B.S. in Middle Childhood Education with concentrations in mathematics and science. He earned his M.A. in Teaching and Learning in K-12 Technology Integration from Nova Southeastern University in 2011.
Mr. Slifka was named a 2018 & 2019 LEGO Education US Master Educator and was also appointed to the Pitsco Teacher Advisory Group in 2018, 2019, and 2020. In the summer, he works at a local bicycle shop fixing and selling bikes, as he has done for the last twenty-one years.
Mrs. Brenda Farone
LaBrae HS Mathematics Teacher
Brenda Farone is a 2000 graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Mathematics. In 2003, Mrs. Farone received her Master in the Art of Teaching degree from Marygrove College. She has been teaching Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Algebra 3 at LaBrae High School for 19 years.