About Us

The Career Academy Robotics team was established in 2015 by the still lead mentor David Ebersol. Team 5484 was the 5484th team to register with FIRST robotics, participating in the competition every year since.

There wasn’t a single student interested in joining the team when it was created, but after a day of talking to students he had a 10 member team. In the team’s first year, they won the Rookie All-Star award and competed in the State Competition. After their first year was a success, they qualified for the State Championship in 2016 and got placed very high in the competition.

From a small start in 2015 with 10 members, team 5484 now has 37 members and 6 mentors in 2020. Our mentors are focused on transforming these young adults into the generation of the future. The members are learning how to troubleshoot, think critically, design, and be creative. Our team is ready to compete and WIN the State Competition this year!

Awards We've Won

District Event Winner

2017 - Steam Works

       St. Joseph, IN Event

2019 - Deep Space

        St. Joseph, IN Event

Gracious Professionalism Award

Celebrates outstanding demonstration of FIRST Core Values such as continuous Gracious Professionalism and working together both on and off the playing field.

2016 - Stronghold
Walker Warren Event
Indiana State Championship

Engineering Inspiration Award

Celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community.

2019 - Deep Space

St. Joseph, IN Event

Rookie All Star Award

Celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community.


2015 Recycle Rush

Purdue Event

Safety Award

Celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards for themselves and others.

2018 - Power Up

Tippecanoe Event

Rookie Inspiration Award

Celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community.


2015 Recycle Rush

Kokomo City Event 

Team Spirit Award

Celebrates extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnership and teamwork furthering the objectives of FIRST.

2015 - Stronghold x 1

2017 - Steam Works x 3

Our Team

Cameron Allen

11th Grade

"Your answer will always be no if you refuse to ask." - Mr. Ebersol

Trinity Bean

9th Grade

"Even if you get it wrong, at least have fun."

Zander Bean

10th Grade

"Helping anyone, anytime."

Orren Beatty

12th Grade

"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." -Alan Watts

Alec Cleveland

12th Grade

"Think smarter not harder."

Alyssa Colpitts

11th Grade

"Working until the end."

Sergio Cruz

11th Grade

"Not everyone knows everything, but everyone knows how to learn new things."

Deitrick Nelson

11th Grade

"If you don't struggle, you're not doing something right. No pain, no gain."

Luke Cysewski

11th Grade

"It's stronger than you think."

Boubacar Diallo

9th Grade

"The Key to success is to start before you're ready."

Tristen Fleisher

9th Grade

"This is my first year on an FRC team but I've done one year of FTC."

Gavin Torok

10th Grade

"I like to specialize in block coding because of my experience, and I enjoy engineering for the creativity."

Jacob Hood

11th Grade

"Robotics has taught me valuable professional skills and is the hardest fun I have ever had. "

Cameron Gerencser

11th Grade

"I'm new to the team and wish to peruse marketing."

Addison Godsey

9th Grade

"I wish to learn engineering and possibly go into welding."

Dahlia Gonzalez

10th Grade

"If you have a dream, don’t let anybody take it away. Believe that the impossible is possible." - Selena Quintanilla

Jazmine Holley

11th Grade

"I don’t know where I'm going but I'm on my way." - Voltaire

Kaira Lula

10th Grade

"Sometimes it takes years for a person to become an overnight success." - Prince

Kayden Howard

10th Grade

"I'm extremely interested in recording videos and taking pictures of our robots and progress."

Nicholas Kaiser

9th Grade

"Oogway: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present."

Maxwell Kelsey

12th Grade

"Actual thoughts create concrete results."

Ian Le Doux

12th Grade

"With great power comes great responsibility."

Rachel Stout

10th Grade

"Keep working and experimenting, the worse you can do is fail."

Ezra McCabe

10th Grade

"I came looking for friends, I found a family instead."

Francis Milliman

12th Grade

"Do not repay evil with evil, but give your kindness and love."

Tobin Naragon

9th Grade

"If you don’t know what path to take, step back, and look again."

Connor Norvell

11th Grade

Reece Reinholtz

9th Grade

"This is my first year on the team and my role is engineering."

Thomas Rossi

12th Grade

"I enjoy doing strategy for competitions."

Aylee Rupert

11th Grade

"There are three ways to ultimate success: the first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind." - Mr. Rogers

Ryleigh Rutkowski

10th Grade

"All of our dreams can come true, if we have enough courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

Sydney Rutkowski

11th Grade

"Smile, it's good for the soul."

Our Coaches

Dave Ebersol

Head Coach

"Work until your idols becomes your rivals."

Roger Johnson

Assistant Coach

"It's not about robots, it's about making the next generation of solution providers."

Morgan Mead

Pit Coach

"If you're not having fun then you're doing it wrong."

Marie Foster-Bruns

Marketing Coach

“Sometimes later becomes never. Do it now.”