Long Reach students to compete in model rocket contest

East Columbia

May 13, 2007

Six Long Reach High School students have qualified to compete in the finals of the Team America Rocketry Challenge, a national model rocket contest.

Team members are senior Stephanie Spring, team leader; seniors Lindsey Zettel and Matt Reitz; junior Matt McKenna; and freshmen Tommy Trinh and Jake Esposito.

The national fly-off will be held Saturday at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. The top 10 teams will share a prize pool of $60,000 in savings bonds and cash.

The contest requires students to design, build and test a model rocket that can fly as close as possible to 45 seconds (total flight duration) and 850 feet (maximum flight altitude) with a payload of one raw egg, which must be successfully parachuted to the ground.

"The egg is the astronaut; if the egg breaks, he died, and you're disqualified," said the team's faculty adviser and coach, Bob Hawthorne, who teaches pre-engineering at Long Reach High.

Around Town

Football camp -- Howard County Football Technique Camp for children and youth in grades three to nine will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 9-13 at Hammond High School in Columbia. The camp, which is staffed by Howard County high school coaches, offers offensive and defensive position techniques and instruction in the kicking game. Certified coaches will teach speed training. Each day's camp concludes with noncontact, competitive football games under coaches' supervision. Tuition is $160. A $10 discount is offered to members of youth football leagues. 301-776-8962.

Living right -- Long Reach Community Association will offer "Stepping Out," a six-week session of classes in etiquette, social skills and self-improvement for boys and girls ages 8 to 13. The program is designed to encourage self-confidence, positive communication, attitudes and behavior, and appropriate manners. Classes, which begin tomorrow, meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center. The cost is $150, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed properties. 410- 730-8113, or www.steppingout .net.

Mural dedication -- The dedication of the mosaic mural at Jeffers Hill Elementary School has been rescheduled because of the weather. Originally planned for April 23, the dedication ceremony will be held at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday. 410-313-6682.

Baby-sitting -- The Columbia Teen Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, will offer its one-day "Baby-sitting Made Easy" workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30 and July 21. The program for ages 11 to 14, includes first aid, emergency procedures, safety precautions and other baby-sitting skills. A certificate is awarded. The cost is $48 for Columbia residents; $58 for nonresidents. There is a nonrefundable registration fee of $10.

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