The Penn State Pokémon Society

Penn State's premier Pokémon club lives here


A Brief History of our Club:

The history of the Penn State Pokémon Society is as long and thrilling as the steps a trainer might take to evolve a Bagon into a Salamence. It all started in the Fall of 2009 in the basement of a west side apartment with a group of bright young minds chatting about their favorite childhood pastime, Pokémon, while trying their luck in a game of poker. Alex Zwaizek spoke up and described how awesome it might be if, somehow, a Pokémon game could take place in real life. Within the hour, Alexander Daise, Stephen Hite, Francis Fisher, Connor Loch, Tom Anthony, and Ray Gaspari were all discussing ideas that formed the foundation of a Live Action Role Play game, centered around the Pokémon video game. The original goal was simple: mimic the game as much as possible and create an amazing experience for Pokémon players of all skill levels. Gym leader battling teams were constructed to fit in line with the virtual gym leaders, and as an evil organization was designated, Stephen Hite emerged as Professor Maple Buttersworth, the foremost Pokémon professor in all the land.

As the much anticipated day finally arrived in Spring of 2010, a great number of challengers and characters arrived at the scene ready to make their once outlandish dream a reality. The meeting room filled with nostalgia as Professor Maple Buttersworth addressed the new Pokémon trainers and informed them of their upcoming task. At the end of the event, one challenger stood victorious. Fil Fernandes and his team of Pocket Monsters prevailed over all the rest. His team can be found in the Hall of Fame.

Since this first event generated more excitement than ever anticipated, the ingenious band theorized that such an event could potentially occur each semester. They realized that planning a weekend of such epic proportions once every four months would require a dedicated committee to recreate the experience. Perhaps they would attempt to unite all aspects of the Pokémon franchise in a collective effort to bring people together through Pokémon. Perchance one day they could expand membership and invite other similar clubs from other colleges across the world to compete together. And so the Penn State Pokémon Society was founded. With Alex Zwaizek as president and reinforced by Alexander Daise as his first vice president, the newly created club would be sure to make great waves in the Pokémon and Penn State communities for years to come. The PSPS has since blossomed into a very active club in the competitive Pokémon community under the leadership of our past presidents: Alex Valente, Andres Morales, Royal Downs, Geoffrey Sauk, Nicholas Seman, and Adam Warfield. Our current president is Dalton Brough.

Meet our Officers:

Officers, the Organization Pokémon. Officers are known to run stuff around here, and rumor has it that they're both good at battling and are pretty cool people too!

Nick Taylor

Category: President

Primary Ability: Mathematics

Hidden Ability: Economics

Pokédex Entry: Having played Pokémon since the days of Ruby and Sapphire, Nick finally joined the club his sophomore year. He had dabbled in OU in high school, but it wasn’t until he was fully immersed in the club that he got into competitive battling. During his semester abroad, Nick was amazed to discover how Pokémon can connect people across boarders and languages. In his spare time, Nick also enjoys traveling, learning foreign languages, cooking, and updating excel files.

Preferred Battle Partner(s): Ditto, Bruxish, Mega Manectric

Location: [email protected]

Treasurer - TBD

We are currently looking for a new treasurer.  If you are interested, please contact an officer.  Elections will be Jan 24!

Geoffrey Sauk

Category: Trading Card Game Head

Primary Ability: Statistics

Hidden Ability: Risk Management

Pokédex Entry: He discovered this group before becoming a Penn State student by meeting them at a Pokémon tournament. Has been playing both the Card game and the Video game since he was 3; more of the card game player than the video game player. Aside from playing Pokémon, he mostly spends his time playing League of Legends. He tries (key word of tries) to help out whenever necessary.

Preferred Battle Partner(s): Mudkip, Mudkip, Mudkip, Mudkip, Sawk, and Mudkip.
Location: [email protected]

Sheryl Dykstra

Category:  Advisor♀

Primary Ability: Chemistry Lecturer

Hidden Ability: Ph.D.

Pokédex Entry:  See Arceus.  Became the advisor for the PSPS after wearing her Pokewalker to Chem 112 lectures and in Chem 213 labs.  She enjoys playing the video game and TCG. 

Preferred Battle Partner(s): Ninetales, Mew, Shaymin, Raikou, Landorus-T

Location: [email protected]

Austin Nace

Category: Vice-President

Primary Ability: Mechanical Engineering

Hidden Ability: Undiscovered


Pokédex Entry: He first picked up the Pokémon series with Sapphire all the way back in Kindergarten. When Austin reached high school, he finally got into competitive Pokémon with Pokémon Y. After seeing a club battle on YouTube, he decided to join the club in his first semester at Penn State. Other interests include music and hockey, especially the Flyers.


Preferred Battle Partner(s): Krookodile, Gengar, Arcanine, Garchomp, and Mega Pinsir

Location: [email protected]

Emily Catalano

Category: Secretary

Ability: Film/Video

Hidden Ability: English

Pokédex Entry: She has been playing Pokemon ever since Ruby and Sapphire but didn’t get into competitive battling until Pokemon X. Emily joined the club during her first fall semester at Penn State. Since joining the club she has made many new friends and has gone to tournaments for VGC. Other interests include drawing, writing, anime, and video editing.

Preferred Battle Partners:  Weavile, Arcanine, Raichu, Mega Scizor

Location: [email protected]

Santino Tarquinio

Category: Penn State Pokemon Challenge Head

Ability: Mechanical Engineering

Hidden Ability: Undiscovered

Pokédex Entry:  He first got into the series with Pokemon Emerald after watching an episode of the anime and has been hooked ever since.  While he tried getting into competitive during the days of 4th gen and 5th gen, his competitive career really took off when he finally learned what IVs were in 6th gen.  Joining the club during his freshman year, he has since begun dabbling in the likes of VGC and making good friends along the way.  Other interests include drawing, napping, and bingeing Parks and Rec.

Preferred Battle Partner(s): Gengar, Quagsire, Goodra, Bewear, Alolan Persian
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