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Northview teams set off for national rocketry competition

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Jake Sarmento, left, Lucas Sturt, center, and Zuhang Zou, right, prepare to head to Washington to compete in the Team America Rocketry Challenge.

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Two teams in a Northview Engineering class will leave Thursday for Washington to compete in the Team America Rocketry Competition on Saturday.

The two teams are among six in Ohio which qualified. Teams from Akron, Minster, and Newark also qualified.

Students on the Northview teams are Yaya Hu, Jacob Sarmento, Preston Due, Lucas Sturt, Zuhang Zou, Chase Stammen, Anthony McCune, Matt Hosler, Nicholas Rioux, Andrew Drabek, Colton Lulfs, Zach Mikolajizyk, Lucas Benton, and Eben Corron. Also attending is their teacher Ryan Reed.

Northview was one of 100 teams chosen from a field of 730 teams across the United States. Qualifications included five major criteria that included rockets that had to obtain, when launched, a height of 825 feet, hold two eggs intact, contain two identical parachutes, weigh in under 625 grams, and land in 48-50 seconds.

The team has been invited to attend a special reception to show their rockets on Friday at the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. Leland Melvin, former astronaut, NFL player, and associate administrator for education at NASA will be the guest speaker at the luncheon.

Winners of the competition will receive prizes totaling $60,000. The winning team will travel to the Farnborough International Air Show in July to compete in the International Rocketry Challenge.

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