Rocketing to the Top: Creekview High team’s rocket wins national competition
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Fifteen students from Creekview High School’s Aeronautics Team beat out more than 700 teams from across the country to advance to the national finals of the Team America Rocketry Challenge. Members of the winning team before their launch are, from left, Bailey Robertson, Nicholas Dimos, Captain Amanda Semler, Andrew White and Austin Bralick. Special to the Cherokee Tribune
Fifteen students from Creekview High School’s Aeronautics Team beat out more than 700 teams from across the country to advance to the national finals of the Team America Rocketry Challenge. Members of the winning team before their launch are, from left, Bailey Robertson, Nicholas Dimos, Captain Amanda Semler, Andrew White and Austin Bralick. Special to the Cherokee Tribune
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National Champions pose with a representative of the Raytheon Corporation after receiving their trophy, from left, Andrew White, Bailey Robertson, captain Amanda Semler, a Raytheon representative, Austin Bralick and Nicholas Dimos.
National Champions pose with a representative of the Raytheon Corporation after receiving their trophy, from left, Andrew White, Bailey Robertson, captain Amanda Semler, a Raytheon representative, Austin Bralick and Nicholas Dimos.
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Members of Team 1 and Teach 3 at the Rockets on the Hill event, including, from left, front row: Newton Strickland, Nathan Olivares, Josh Whitley (Team 3 Captain), Amanda Semler (Team 1 Captain), Bailey Robertson, Nicholas Dimos, Austin Bralick; second row: Josh Terry, Collin Parrott, Andrew White, Dakota Gravley; back row (in the middle): Liam Vincent. Amanda Semler is holding the rocket she painted with a motif representing both Georgia and Creekview High. The rocket was later given to U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) as a gift.
Members of Team 1 and Teach 3 at the Rockets on the Hill event, including, from left, front row: Newton Strickland, Nathan Olivares, Josh Whitley (Team 3 Captain), Amanda Semler (Team 1 Captain), Bailey Robertson, Nicholas Dimos, Austin Bralick; second row: Josh Terry, Collin Parrott, Andrew White, Dakota Gravley; back row (in the middle): Liam Vincent. Amanda Semler is holding the rocket she painted with a motif representing both Georgia and Creekview High. The rocket was later given to U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) as a gift.
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A team of Creekview High School students won a national competition that challenges participants to design and build a model rocket that can carry out precise actions.

Six Creekview students, led by student captain Amanda Semler, are now headed to the international rocketry competition after placing first in the National Team America Rocketry Challenge this month.

School District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said the team will now travel abroad to compete against top student teams from the United Kingdom, France and Japan.

“In addition to the team’s cash prize of $10,500, plus $1,000 for the school, the team will travel to London in July as guests of the Raytheon Company,” Jacoby said.

To win the national competition, the team outscored 712 other student teams made up of more than 5,000 students from across the U.S.

The Creekview students were charged with designing and building a model rocket that could travel exactly 825 feet high, then return back to the ground within 48 to 50 seconds — all while carrying two raw eggs that must not break throughout the flight.

Since the team outscored all others in the challenge, they will now compete internationally at the largest aerospace show and exhibition in the world, the Farnborough Air Show.

The Creekview students are part of the school’s Aeronautics Team program, sponsored by teachers Todd Sharrock and Tim Smyrl, Jacoby said. “This was the fifth time a Creekview High School team competed at the national finals,” Jacoby said. The Aeronautics Team program began at Creekview in 2008, under Smyrl and Sharrock’s direction, and now the team is made up of 36 students. A second team from Creekview also participated in the TARC competition, led by student captain Josh Whitley.

The team placed 49th, placing both Creekview teams in the top 50 out of 712 nationwide teams. The first-place winning team is now seeking corporate sponsorship and donations to help cover the cost for the families of the winning students to travel to London for the international competition, Jacoby said.

For more information, contact Sharrock at todd.sharrock@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

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