Reaching for the sky
by Jessicah Peters
July 29, 2014 09:30 PM | 1300 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Creekview High School Rocketry Team members from left, Nick Dimos, Andrew White, Amanda Semler and Bailey Robertson retrieve a rocket. <br>Special to the Tribune
Creekview High School Rocketry Team members from left, Nick Dimos, Andrew White, Amanda Semler and Bailey Robertson retrieve a rocket.
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Creekview Rocketry Team member Andrew White loads rocket.
Creekview Rocketry Team member Andrew White loads rocket.
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The team was featured on an electronic display board in Times Square in New York City.
The team was featured on an electronic display board in Times Square in New York City.
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A trip to London has some local high school students flying high.

Winning a silver medal in the International Rocketry Challenge earlier in July, Creekview High School’s scored the highest in flight and third in oral presentation at the Farnborough International Air Show in London.

The team of five students beat more than 700 teams in May at the Team America Rocketry Challenge to earn the chance to represent the U.S. in the competition.

Raytheon sponsored the trip for the Creekview team, the ninth year the aerospace engineering company has supported a U.S. team’s trip to the international air show.

The program is part of the company’s broad-based MathMovesU initiative to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“We are incredibly proud of these students and their teacher, Mr. Todd Sharrock, for their outstanding demonstration of scientific knowledge and innovation,” said Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo, Cherokee County School District’s superintendent of schools. “This team represented Cherokee County and the United States, with professionalism and pride, and shows that our students are indeed competitive on a national and international level.”

Competing teams designed, built and launched rockets with a goal of reaching an altitude of exactly 825 feet during a 48- to 50-second flight window, carrying two raw hen eggs.

The teams then had to return the eggs to the ground undamaged using two identical parachutes. Scores are determined by how close teams came to the required height and time without cracking the eggs.

The Creekview High School team members are Captain Amanda Semler, Austin Bralick, Nick Dimos, Bailey Robertson and Andrew White.

They garnered an overall second place in the international competition against teams from France and Great Britain.

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