Amador Valley High team takes third in national rocketry competition

Team launched and landed small rocket carrying eggs during national event

An Amador Valley High School team earned third place in a national rocketry competition last weekend.

The scholar aviation club participated in national rocketry competition Saturday in Washington D.C. along with 100 other high school teams from across the nation in an event hosted by the National Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC).

"I could not be more proud of the success these young men experienced this past weekend," adviser Tony Dennis said. "They really demonstrated perseverance and a willingness to learn from each failure and to build on each success.

The competition required teams to design and build a rocket that flies to an altitude of 850 feet to carry two raw eggs and return them to the ground uncracked. The endeavor must have been completed between 44 and 46 seconds.

"I felt proud and excited to be going to nationals for a second time," said Amador Valley junior Brian Cheng. "This has been an incredible experience. I'd like to thank our (engineering) teacher Tony Dennis for making this possible."

The team, led by Cheng and Dennis, includes students Connor Chen, Chris Chi and Eason Liu.

The teams competed for more than $100,000 in cash, and Amador Valley came away with $12,500.

Odle Middle School of Bellevue, Wash., came in first, earning the title of national championships and advancement to the International Rocketry Challenge in the United Kingdom at the Farnborough Air Show in July.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on May 19, 2016 at 9:25 am

Top three percent out of 100 from around the country! Well done crew. Well done.

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