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SGI Rocket Scientists Place 4th in the Nation in The American Rocketry Challenge

 SGI Rocket Scientists Place 4th in the American Rocketry Challenge. Photo of students.
*SGI 4th Place Winners

The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world's largest model rocket competition; 724 teams nationwide compete. This year, SGASD registered a record number of teams for the national competition, and the teams from SGAMS and SGI were completely new to rocketry! The high school students took these teams under their wings and mentored them throughout the entire process while also managing their own teams. Out of the fourteen total SGASD teams, five advanced to the National TARC Finals in Virginia. 

During the competition, two SGASD teams advanced to the second round of 42 (out of 100). The SGI team consists of Zeke Trimmer, Grant Lamb, and Mallory Wirkus, and the SGAHS team of Dylan Tichy, Will Hill, and Haley Hake. Despite the mud and rain during the second round, the SGI team placed FOURTH IN THE NATION, earning a trophy and a $10,000 prize!

The SGAHS team placed 25th, which is in the top 3% of the nation. Spring Grove received $1,000 for the rocketry program. The remaining Spring Grove teams placed 59th, 74th, and 84th. Through their efforts, we are eligible to have two NASA SLI teams over the next two years!

SGI, SGAMS, and SGAHS Rocketry teams group picture at TARC competition