During the offseason David Campbell reached out to students about an opportunity to volunteer at a information booth for a local FLL event that he was set to MC. Ray lead the team information booth coordinating robot demonstrations, providing information to parents, and coaching team members. It became clear to Campbell that Ray had been extremely inspired by the experience at the Buckeye regional and demonstrated deeper understanding of the values of FIRST through just one year in the program.
During the fall of 2011, the engineering class conducted senior class officer elections. Students presented to the class why they were the suitable candidate for the leadership position, and then afterward the class would vote on the nominees. As it turned out Ray had finished as 2nd in each of the elections, and was not elected to a leadership position. Campbell offered students the opportunity to stay after school for an hour or so if they wanted to work on skill building they weren't able to work on during class. Ray was the only student to attend the after school training session, and he intended to learn programming because it was a major struggle for the team during the 2011 season. Campbell himself only knew the basics and tasked Ray with learning more about Labview on his own. To Campbell's surprise, within a couple weeks Ray was asking deeper questions than he knew to answer without more technical help. Campbell reached out to local sponsor Clippard, about setting up an after school meeting with a mentor that knew more about Labview. Ernie Doering arrived on behalf of Clippard and began to mentor Ray about the fundamentals of Labview. The two worked together through Christmas break heading into the 2012 build season.
Campbell had also joined the planning committee for a new regional to be offered in Cincinnati. The regional was later named to the Queen City Regional. With the new event Campbell was going to be stretched thin with time when it came to balancing the team efforts along with planning the regional event.
As the team prepared for the 2012 season, the team reached out to mentors from the prior year about plans for the 2012 season, but most had been over taxed by the demands of the previous build season they declined to rejoin the team. Campbell was able to gather a couple new mentors to the team including Colerain High School's Physics teacher Tom Pope. Pope was an engineer by degree that later converted to teaching at Colerain. In an effort to continue to develop the team's outreach the team hosted a local kickoff event at Colerain High School for teams in the Cincinnati Area. The event generated news coverage, and students from various teams talked about the event. Campbell invited Ray to the frontlines to talk to local news for the interview where he was quoted as describing FIRST as, "The best thing since sliced bread". The interview gave Ray recognition in the community that carried momentum into the team's sponsorship efforts. Ray's parents were very proud to see their son on the local news, which sparked their efforts to help generate support for the program. The result was a local non-profit organization known as May We Help was interested in supporting the program with both mentors and resources as much as they could. Another senior, Adam Baumann, was able to generate support with Kroger to provide product and financial donations to support the program. Before long, other students were able to rally to raise enough funds for the season.
The team was excited to participate in the Queen City Regional. As the competition grew closer, Campbell had learned that FRC Team 1772 the Brazilian Trail Blazers registered for the event. Within a week of the event he heard the team was going to have difficultly funding their trip because their sponsors weren't able to get the necessary funding in time. Campbell reached out to the Brazilian team and offered for them to stay with us. After talking it over with the team Campbell, Ray, and Adam had all agreed to host members of FRC Team 1772 in their homes so they could participate in the regional. The Brazilian Trail Blazers accepted the offer and joined The ROCK for the 2012 Queen City Regional.
During the award ceremony Dean Kamen had stopped by to present the Dean's List Finalist Awards. The first name that was called was none other than Ray Frank. Ray was among the two finalist that would go on to be considered for the Dean's List Award at the World Championship. Winners of this award are incentivized to apply to schools such as Yale, WPI, and MIT.