Donation to Creekview’s aeronautics group will help team reach skies
by From staff reports
December 26, 2012 12:23 AM | 2214 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Team members include, from left to right, front row: Chase Tetpon, Joey Nelson, Wyatt Northcutt, Newton Strickland, Nathan Olivares, Amanda Semler, Luc Rowell, Rafael Escamilla, Christian Schaefer, Ben McNamara, Chris Hoover; second row: Josh Terry, Josh Whitley, Justin Smith, Chase Brooks, Jordan Chism, A.J. Sweet, Zack Chester; and back row: Trace Sosebee, Brady Neilson, Liam Vincent and Lindsay Stead. The team is led by teachers Todd Sharrock, left, and Tim Smyrl.
Creekview High School’s Aeronautics Team is ready for lift-off after receiving a large donation from a local aviation enthusiast.

The more than 30-member team recently accepted a donation of equipment valued at more than $2,500 from a local Bill Jefferson of Cumming, a former member of the Georgia Model Aviators.

Jefferson gifted the team with ready-to-fly radio-controlled aircraft, aircraft kits, engines, transmitters and building supplies.

“For the team, which relies on donations for much of its operating budget, this was a tremendous benefit,” Todd R. Sharrock, Creekview Science Department Head and team co-sponsor said.

Established in 2008, the team has grown in size from a handful of students in what initially began as a rocketry team to compete in the Team America Rocketry Challenge. The small group has evolved into a fully-fledged aeronautics program with more than 30 students participating.

While the national rocketry competition is still a large part of the team’s focus (placing 20th in the nation in 2010), it has branched out into radio-controlled flight and model aircraft construction.

The team is led by Sharrock and fellow Creekview science teacher Tim Smyrl.
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